Open Source Mindset and Community
We have been talking a lot about open source technologies in this book so far and have shown you a lot of examples. But what does open source really mean? Why does Rich believe in it so strongly? What technologies have enabled open source development and/or benefited from it? This chapter takes you through Rich’s point of view on the open source movement in general and how it applies to the technologies we are discussing in this book in particular. A lot of software you use at home or work – say, to do your taxes or play computer games – is typically not open source. It is software one company owns. You pay to use it and the company does not let you look under the hood. Free and open source is becoming more common, though, and we will describe both what it is and the benefits in what follows.