It is difficult to describe the collaborative development process and the resulting benefits. It is difficult to describe how open source is often developed. It is hard to talk about a technical subject matter and inspire non-technical people, at the same time. The expense of developing open material, including code, is often perceived as costly.
Open source software users are often unaware of the licence and business models powering great applications and their worlds. The wonderful collaborative nature of open source development offers inspiration and ideas to everyone in this new and exciting age of connectivity. With the wrong steer, high development costs can render targets unreachable.
This ebook is here so I can share with you, my experience of the open source world. Give you ideas, insight and inspiration. Although the ebook uses open source as a key, the message has been arranged to be generic to other small scale collaborations and developments. I talk about my experience whilst using essential social networking tools. I hope to save you money too.
I’ve been busy developing and collaborating to create DIASER – an open source long term archiving and disaster recovery system, during the past six years. I’m a member of Mensa and the BCS The Chartered Institute for IT. I’m also used to working with tight budgets.
Things that worked and didn’t work are handily tabulated for future reference. Original photographs, taken in Greece, whilst I drafted the ebook, punctuate the text – promoting pause for thought. (High quality PDF, formatted using TeX, 70 pages).