Debian publications

The following publications deal with Debian:

Abstract: Research on open source (OS) projects often focuses on the SourceForge collaboration platform. We argue that a GNU/Linux distribution, such as Debian, is better suited for the sampling of projects because it avoids biases and contains unique information only available in an integrated environment. Especially research on the reuse of components can build on dependency information inherent in the Debian GNU/Linux package tracking system.

Abstract: During the course Open Source in summer term 2007 at the University of Hildesheim several aspects regarding Free, Libre Open Source Software where covered, including reusability, accountability, patent and trademark laws. This term paper deepens an other topic: The "everyday work" of a free software project. As an example the Debian project was used.


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Some citations to investigate:

Ronneburg, F. 2006 Debian GNU/Linux Anwenderhandbuch: Creative Commons Namensnennung.

Bootstrapping Software Distributions

Publications about Free Software and Open Content in General

OECD 2007 "Giving Knowledge for Free" - The Emergence of Open Educational Resources

Version: Print (Paperback) Availability: Available Publication date: 06 Jun 2007 Language: English Pages: 149 ISBN: 9789264031746 Price: €24 | $29 | £17 | ¥3300 |

Learning resources are often considered key intellectual property in a competitive higher education world. However, more and more institutions and individuals are sharing their digital learning resources over the Internet, openly and for free, as Open Educational Resources (OER). This study, building on previous OECD work on e-learning, asks why this is happening, who is involved and what the most important implications of this development are. The report offers a comprehensive overview of the rapidly changing phenomenon of Open Educational Resources and the challenges it poses for higher education. It examines reasons for individuals and institutions to share resources for free, and looks at copyright issues, sustainability and business models as well as policy implications. It will be of particular interest to those involved in e-learning or strategic decision making within higher education, to researchers and to students of new technologies.