Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution

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"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
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Overview

"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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  • ISBN-13: 9780713995206
  • Publisher: BPR Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 334

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
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 Root then Boot 87
7 Linus 2.0 106
8 Learning from Berkeley 120
9 The Art of Code 140
10 Low-Down in the Valley 162
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 Tomorrow's Hothouse 289
18 Beyond the Market 305
Afterword 324
Index 332
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