Synopses & Reviews
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.
A high-velocity chronicle of the open source movement-and its impact on computing, business, and culture
About 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.
Table of Contents
1. Thecoolest year --2. Thenew GNU thing --3. Aminor rebellion --4.Factor X --5.Patching up --6.Root then boot --7.Linus 2.0 --8.Learning from Berkeley --9. Theart of code --10.Low-down in the valley --11.Free the lizard --12. Afoothold --13.Alliances and IPOs --14.Open for business --15.Trolls versus gnomes --16.Lies, damned lies, and benchmarks --17.Tomorrow's hothouse --18.Beyond the market.