FreeTechBooks.com

Here are some more people who still subscribe to the Information Wants To Be Free ideal. FreeTechBooks.com – Free computer science and programming books

All the books listed are available for free, as they are hosted on websites that belong to the authors or the publishers.
You are most welcome to view, download and print the books for your own private use at no charge.
These authors publish their books for free to give you a chance to review their books, to get as much good information distributed as possible.

So, if you like what you read online, you can always support the authors by buying the paperback at your local or online bookstores.

There aren’t a lot but some of them are gems, there is book on Programming in Ruby and then there is
Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

Author(s) : Andrew M. St. Laurent
Publication Date : Aug 2004
ISBN: 0-596-00581-4
Paperback : 208 pages
Publisher : O’Reilly Publishing
Free License : Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs License

Book excerpts:

Free and open source development models have made tremendous contributions to computing, sustaining both research and commercial projects and making it easier for large groups of people, who may not even be acquainted, to help each other. While this growing activity has a promising future, all of this work is built on top of licenses?legal documents?that often seem arcane or difficult to understand. Businesses and individuals aren?t always sure what is at stake in their decisions to participate,and deciding which license to use for a particular project can be a project of its own.

This book is designed to simplify those decisions, explaining the different licenses and their effects on projects, including both commercial and non-commercial projects. It explores how licenses can be used as glue to bind groups of people together in common, and how the different styles of license interact with different kinds of projects.

Which I will be ordering next week. Sometimes the “dead tree” version just wins.

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