Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution
"Open source" began as the mantra of a small group of idealistic hackers and has blossomed into the all-important slogan for progressive business and computing. This fast-moving narrative starts at ground zero, with the dramatic incubation of open-source software by Linux and its enigmatic creator, Linus Torvalds. With firsthand accounts, it describes how a motley group of programmers managed to shake up the computing universe and cause a radical shift in thinking for the post-Microsoft era. A powerful and engaging tale of innovation versus big business, Rebel Code chronicles the race to create and perfect open-source software, and provides the ideal perch from which to explore the changes that cyberculture has engendered in our society. Based on over fifty interviews with open-source protagonists such as Torvalds and open source guru Richard Stallman, Rebel Code captures the voice and the drama behind one of the most significant business trends in recent memory.
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I'm currently on page 250 and, although I am reading this for a class assignment (from a selection of books), I strongly feel that not only should this be required reading for any computer science major, but for anyone interested in getting involved with open source software. Although it is a number of years outdated at this point, the facts as they are in the book gives a strong foundation for understanding why certain people and organizations are the way they are today. This goes doubly so for anyone wanting to start and/or commercialize an open source project themselves.
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