A month ago I told you how dr. Olivier Bonaventure starts his networking course with IPv6. But there’s more: the full textbook for the undergraduate course (Computer Networking: Principles, Protocols and Practice) is open-sourced and available (in source form) on GitHub.
You might wonder why I’m so enthusiastic, so let me tell you another story…
A while ago I was approached by someone who’s working with a traditional publisher to put together a network automation book. I checked the publisher’s web site and found out that it’s one of those institutions charging $150 for a textbook, so of course I politely asked how much the authors get out of that. Here’s the deal:
The publisher is following the BCP for edited books; a complimentary copy of the book upon publication will be provided to lead authors.
I politely declined the invitation and asked to be notified when they’ll be working on a free open-source book ;)