The authors would like to thank Dale Dougherty, who first believed in this project and was rewarded for his faith with a Red Sox victory in the World Series. Our editor, Andy Oram, helped us bring it to completion through his gentle yet scorching insights and methodical attention.
This book is a product of several conversations, debates, and other forms of discussion with many people. The authors would like to thank the following people for their help and ideas during the writing of this book. Tim O’Reilly helped move the book along by holding two FOO camps during its writing that allowed the authors to make many valuable contacts. John Castro and Han Lievens researched mature open source projects in various categories. Dan Seltzer and Steve Wainstead provided interesting thoughts on the nature of open source communities. Alan Warren helped review early drafts and added many useful comments on licensing. Moshe Weitzman of Drupal and John Cox of Xaraya explained the history and dynamics of PHP content management systems. Jon Williams, Kevin Bedell, Paul Kavanaugh, and Andrew Cowie provided technical review of the material. Cornelius Willis, Kim Polese, Robert Lefkowitz, and Chet Kapoor provided an invaluable perspective from the commercial end of the open source world. Noah Robischon, Greg Lindsay, and Deb Cameron provided exquisitely valuable assistance with various writing and editing tasks.
Most of all, the authors would like to thank the countless open source developers for their continuous and prolific contributions to the various open source projects. It is your work that made this book worth writing. Thank you.