Can you folks help me put together a decent little list of papers + books on open source? I’m looking for favorites of yours, stuff you think is important…big(bug) picture stuff is very cool, too.
I think you can find a lot of details on Open Source in general at http://opensource.org/ and Free/Libre Software at http://gnu.org/ .
Specific to the BUG platform, you may want to check out, of course, our site at buglabs.net, but I'd also recommend taking a look at Prof. Eric Von Hippel's site, and his downloadable papers and books. Two that seem particularly appropriate are his paper, "How Open Source Software Works: Free User to User Assistance" and book, "Democratizing Innovation".
It's also been a while since I've read it, but "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" is basically a "required" F/OSS text.