SEBASTOPOL, CA -- He calls himself an accidental revolutionary. Or an Open
Source software evangelist. Salon Magazine called him a "hacker guru".
But everyone agrees that his cataclysmic work The Cathedral and the
Bazaar was the shot heard around the world. It catapulted Netscape into
releasing 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.
The Cathedral and
the Bazaar is the manifesto of the Open Source revolution.
Eric S. Raymond, the author of
The Cathedral and
the Bazaar, defines
the Open Source movement and challenges both Open Source developers and
business executives to take a hard look at the business consequences of
"The advent of the Internet is driving some drastic changes in the
software industry. We usually think of dramatically lower
communications and transaction costs as the Internet's major value (and
challenge!). That's the noisy, well-hyped part of the Internet
revolution," Raymond says. "But there's something else going on, as
well. The Internet's engineering tradition, its native culture, and
even its folklore are turning out to hold lessons that are going to be
critical for the creativity and software-intensive economy of the
The Cathedral and the Bazaar not only made history, it maps the future.
O'Reilly & Associates plans to bring out Cathedral and the Bazaar
(together with other pivotal works by Raymond) for the first time in
print, in hardcover, in late Oct. "Open Source isn't just a subject of
interest to software developers. It's a reflection of the way the
Internet is changing the rules for an industry that now affects
virtually everyone, " says Tim O'Reilly, president and publisher.
The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary,
includes a foreword by Bob Young and has
received advance praise from a wide range of business leaders, hackers,
and critics, including Guy Kawasaki, Tom Peters, Brian Behlendorf, and
Linus Torvalds. Open Source is a crucial competitive advantage in the
Internet age and The Cathedral and the Bazaar shines a light on the
crest of this next technological wave.
The Cathedral & the Bazaar
Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
By Eric S. Raymond
Foreword by Bob Young, Chairman and CEO, Red Hat Inc.
1st Edition November 1999
Hardcover, 1-56592-724-9, 288 pages, $19.95 (US$)