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Open Source Travel Guide [wiki]: Bibliography


As with the Electroacoustic Bibliography published in eContact! 8.4 — Ressources éducatives / Educational Resources, this annotated bibliography is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all articles, books, blog entries, etc. on the subject of Open Source for Audio Application, but rather as an “essential reading list” for the topic, or as a portal opening up to the larger realm of references for Open Source. The focus of this bibliography is on the use of OS for audio, but related references are also included.




  • Raymond, Eric Steven [aka ESR]. The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an accidental revolutionary. Thyrsus Enterprises, 2000 (v 3.0). http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar [Published in print by O’Reilly (Revision 1.51, 31 August 1999).]

    Essays looking at two somewhat opposing models of software development.


Culture and History 

  • Levy, Steven. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. Dell Publishing, 1994 (with a new Afterword).

    An excellent overview of the hacker community and generations from its open source beginnings in the late 1950s with the “true hackers” at MIT to the “hardware hackers” and the advent of the personal computer to the “game hackers” of the 1980s. Covers the changing politics, economics and morals of the community.

  • Raymond, Eric Steven [aka ESR] (ed.). The Jargon File. http://www.catb.org/jargon/html Last accessed (v 4.4.7) 22 May 2009. [Version 4.0.0 was published as The New Hacker’s Dictionary, 3rd edition (MIT Press, 1996)]


Field Reports

  • Cascone, Kim. Linux Music Workflow: Switching from Mac OS X to Ubuntu. createdigitalmusic.com, 2009.

    An electronic composer talks about migrating to free software.

  • Phillips, Dave. Computer Music and the Linux Operating System: A Report from the Front. Computer Music Journal 27/4 (Winter 2003), pp. 27–42. Available on the CMJ website at http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/comj/27/4



  • GNU.org. GNU General Public License (GPL). http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

    “The GNU General Public License is a free, copyleft license for software and other kinds of works.” (GNU site)

  • _____. Philosophy of the GNU Project. http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/philosophy.html

    “A series of articles describing the philosophy of the free software movement, which is the motivation for our development of the free software operating system GNU.”

  • Lessig, Lawrence. Free Culture. How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. New York: Penguin Press, 2004. Available (PDF) online at  http://www.free-culture.cc/freeculture.pdf
  • Stallman, Richard [aka RMS]. The GNU Manifesto. Free Software Foundation, Inc., v. from 27 November 2008. http://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.html


Software and Technical




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