As you may/may not know already Trinity Netsoc have invited open-source
guru, Eric S. Raymond to deliver a talk entitled 'Freedom, Power and
Software' and to sign copies of his new book 'The Cathedral & the Bazaar'.
The talk will be happening on the 25th November in the Walton Theater
(Arts Bulding) at 19:00. Entry is 1 quid for non-member/students and 3
quid for non-member/corporates. A drinks reception will follow in Doyles
For those of you who don't know who Eric is yet, here's the blurb...
Eric S. Raymond is an observer-participant anthropologist in the Internet
hacker culture. His research has helped explain the decentralized
open-source model of software development that has proven so effective in
the evolution of the Internet. His own software projects include one of
the Internet's most widely used email transport programs.
Originally published on the Web, Eric Raymond's pivotal essay The
Cathedral and the Bazaar has become the "The shot heard round the world"
for open-source software development. Using the creation of an e-mail
utility called fetchmail as the vehicle for describing bazaar structured
development, Raymond expounds upon the 19 tenets employed by open-source
developers. Raymond encapsulates these tenets in aphorisms such as, "Every
good work of software starts by scratching a developer's personal itch"
and, "Treating your users as co-developers is your least-hassle route to
rapid code improvement and effective debugging".
After Red Hat's stunning IPO, even people outside the computer industry
have now heard of Linux and open-source software. This book led to
Netscape's decision to release their browser as open source, put Linus
Torvalds on the cover of Forbes Magazine and Microsoft on the defensive,
and helped Linux to rock the world of commercial software.
See you there,
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