Free books to read! FOSS books or books about FOSS.

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You can read "Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution" online, for free, at this site:


It's a good book about the history and culture that is FOSS. It's old, but still valid. If you scroll down through the list of authors, you might be surprised who you see there. It has everyone from Perens to Wall in there, including Torvalds, Stallman, and Raymond.

It's online, but one could possibly use HTTrack or even wget.
 


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Ask @wizardfromoz to pin this topic, then other opensource reading resources could be added. Only maybe need to change the title a bit then so that it is suited for other opensource reading resources/books as well. Just an idea, that way the topic will have more chance of staying alive. I just came across by looking through the new topics and spotted it near the end of what is new for me.
 

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It really isn't a 'learning' resource. At least not for learning anything about operating a computer, Linux or whatever else that might entail. You will learn absolutely nothing about using Linux from that book. Not a darned thing!

In fact, I'd suggest NOT moving this thread, as it's got off-topic stuff already, but starting a brand new thread that hopefully doesn't get derailed or full of digression! :cool:

Then comes the question: Is there really enough material of this nature to warrant its own thread, specifically one that's stickied and given a prominent position? Most such books would actually fit in the resources thread just fine. This one doesn't teach you *anything* about using Linux.
 

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I can just delete #2 to this one, leaving it pristine, and leave it here, or pin it here.

If it's left unpinned with no responses, it has a life expectancy of 3 to 4 weeks before it scrolls into page 2.

Let me know your druther (I'd rather do this, I'd rather have that, is a "druther") ;)
 

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It was just an idea, I've just seen so many topics that could be kept more alive and active disappear into nothing that's why I suggested it. You have the right to ignore my suggestion, that's why it's called a suggestion. ;)
 

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5 open source collaboration tools

 

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6 open source tools for staying organized
A productivity guide for notes, kanban, mind mapping, and more

 

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7 open source desktop tools
A productivity guide for becoming more efficient on your desktop.

 

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This could probably go in the resources thread, but this is one of my favorite sites for finding alternatives. In my case, I don't need to find Linux alternatives of Windows applications, I need to find alternatives for the Linux software that I want to replace or try.

You can use it any ol' way you want:

 

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I am fond of saying to Windows users "make friends with alternativeto.net" , I think it is an excellent resource. :)

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This could probably go in the resources thread,
Actually, I think the above 3 (albeit great) are better situated in Resources

Make that 4, slow down mate :)

This is about FOSS.
 

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Actually, I think the above 3 (albeit great) are better situated in Resources

Make that 4, slow down mate :)

This is about FOSS.
I was just trying to look for some books to contribute to @KGIII 's topic. I guess you are right, I moved them. Will try to find some books about FOSS.
 

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Actually, I think the above 3 (albeit great) are better situated in Resources

Make that 4, slow down mate :)

This is about FOSS.
Frankly, I'm not sure there's enough content to even make the thread viable - unless we allow some leeway in submissions. Otherwise, there's not a whole lot of books that suit this subject.

So, we're either gonna have to allow some leeway, or simply not do it. I'm fine with whatever you pick. I ain't scared!
 

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I'd stick with do it. Sometimes a Thread can have only one input and still be valuable, and therefore worthy of pinning rather than having it trail off into obscurity.

I ain't scared!
Me neither, that's why I'm a Mod. :)
 

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I was doing some searching for kudzo and I came across this:


More searching led me to this:


Some address-foo led me to this:


So, there are quite a few books online there. I can't speak to the legality, but they're all older books (that I've found) and they may well have the rights to publish them.

Use a search engine and I'm really confident that you'll find more.
 

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This might fit better in the learning resources thread, but this thread has largely turned into being specifically about books. So, I'm gonna just drop this here:


Enjoy!
 

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