Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution

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Basic Books, Feb 18, 2009 - Business & Economics - 344 pages
"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 Although it is a number of years outdated at this point, the facts as they are in the book gives a strong foundation for understanding why certain people and organizations are the way they are today.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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Contents

LowDown in the Valley
Mozilla Dot Party
A Foothold
Distributions and Shares
Open for Business
Trolls Versus Gnomes
Lies Damned Lies and Benchmarks
Tomorrows Hothouse

Boot Then Root
Linus 2 0
Learning from Berkeley
The Art of Code
Beyond the Market
Afterword
INDEX Copyright Page
Copyright

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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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