Open Source at AWS

Open Source in the Enterprise

Free and open source software is everywhere, frequently taking over entire fields of computing. Consider how Linux, Hadoop, Docker, Kubernetes, and TensorFlow have changed the way companies produce software. Or why corporate giants such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft continue to be major contributors, even instigators, to many open source projects.
 
With this practical book, you’ll explore not only ways to use open source software in the enterprise, but also how to contribute code and expertise to the communities that cultivate and maintain it. Authors Andy Oram and Zaheda Bhorat then guide you through the process of launching an open source software project of your own. You’ll discover why organizations of every size and in every field need to include free and open source software in their strategies.
 
  • Understand why many companies are turning to open source
  • Learn how open source thrives on the power of community and shared practices
  • Unmask several myths, including “open source software is low quality or less secure”
  • Examine the processes you need to adopt to successfully use open source code
  • Participate in an open source project’s community
  • Learn several ways to contribute code and funding to existing open source projects through code, funding, governance and community-building
  • Explore the steps you can take to launch your own open source project
  • Connect to a comprehensive set of resources developed by members of the open source community to further shape your open source journey

 


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About the Author - Zaheda Bhorat

Zaheda Bhorat is the head of open source strategy at AWS. A computer scientist, Zaheda is a long-time active contributor to open source and open standards communities. Previously, she shaped the first-ever open source program office at Google; launched successful programs, including Google Summer of Code; and represented Google on many industry standards executive boards across multiple technologies. She also served as a senior technology advisor for the Office of the CTO at the UK Government Digital Service, where she co-led the open standards policy, which is in use by the UK government on open document formats.

Zaheda was responsible for OpenOffice.org, and later NetBeans.org, at Sun Microsystems, where she built a thriving global volunteer community and delivered the first user version, OpenOffice 1.0. Zaheda is passionate about technology, education, open source, and the positive impact of collaboration for social good. She serves on the UK Government’s Open Standards Board, which determines the standards government should adopt. She also serves on the board of directors of the Mifos Initiative, an open source effort that is positioning financial institutions to become digitally connected providers of financial services to the poor. Zaheda speaks internationally on topics related to open source and social good. You can find her on Twitter @zahedab.


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About the Author - Andy Oram

Andy Oram is an editor at O’Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. His work for O’Reilly includes the influential 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, the ground-breaking 2005 book Running Linux, and the 2007 bestseller Beautiful Code.

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