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Open Source for Open Minds

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This article, by a noted expert on programming languages, explores the interplay between open source software, print publishing, electronic publishing, and the future of "free" information.

Maybe there's no free lunch, but thanks to the efforts of thousands of programmers and the Internet, there's more great software such as Linux and Netscape freely available today than ever before.

Free software is also called Open Source software, a newer and generally more acceptable label. You've probably heard both of these terms, but like many, you may not be fully aware of what Open Source software is and its potential benefits to career programmers. In this article, I'll explain and comment about the Open Source movement, and also add my two cents about how Open Source is affecting my career as a computer book author.

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