Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution

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Basic Books, 2002 - Business & Economics - 342 pages
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The open source saga has many fascinating chapters. It is partly the story of Linus Torvalds, the master hacker who would become chief architect of the Linux operating system. It is also the story of thousands of devoted programmers around the world who spontaneously worked in tandem to complete the race to shape Linux into the ultimate killer app. Rebel Code traces the remarkable roots of this unplanned revolution. It echoes the twists and turns of Linux's improbable development, as it grew through an almost biological process of accretion and finally took its place at the heart of a jigsaw puzzle that would become the centerpiece of open source. With unprecedented access to the principal players, Moody has written a powerful tale of individual innovation versus big business. Rebel Code provides a from-the-trenches perspective and looks ahead to how open source is challenging long-held conceptions of technology, commerce, and culture.
  

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Review: Rebel Code: Linux And The Open Source Revolution

User Review  - Andrew Updegrove - Goodreads

When you live through history, it's easy to assume that someone else will take the time to record, analyze and present what happened so that there is a reliable account available for the future. That ... Read full review

Review: Rebel Code: Linux And The Open Source Revolution

User Review  - Megaman - Goodreads

A must read for anyone who is curious about Hacker Culture. Although it is pretty biased (IE The Big Bag Microsoft vs The Great and Good Linux), it does a good job explaining the origins of the FOSS ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 The Coolest Year
5
2 The New GNU Thing
13
3 A Minor Rebellion
31
4 Factor X
55
5 Patching Up
71
6 Boot Then Root
87
7 Linus 20
106
11 Mozilla Dot Party
182
12 A Foothold
205
13 Distributions and Shares
220
14 Open for Business
237
15 Trolls Versus Gnomes
252
16 Lies Damned Lies and Benchmarks
269
17 Tomorrows Hothouse
289
18 Beyond the Market
305

8 Learning from Berkeley
120
9 The Art of Code
140
10 LowDown in the Valley
162
Afterword
324
Index
332
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About the author (2002)

Glyn Moody is a London-based writer who has been covering Linux almost since its inception. He has published major features on it in Wired, New Scientist, and Salon, and has written for The Economist and the Financial Times.

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