Everyone in computing has heard of Linux--hundreds of millions use it every day. Every Net user accesses Linux systems dozens of times during any Net session. Yet, because people associate products with companies, Linux--with its thousands of largely anonymous volunteer developers and free availability--is a difficult fit with our world view.
Rebel Code puts Linux into historical and social contexts. Based largely on interviews with the main players and precise historical data (Linux kernel releases are dated to the second), it traces "free software" from its early '80s origin--with Robert Stallman's founding of the GNU Project--and takes it as far as the end of 2000--with GNU/Linux becoming a worldwide phenomenon that runs handheld PDAs, PCs and Macs, IBM mainframes, and the world's biggest supercomputers.
Glyn Moody charts every milestone in the development of the Linux kernel, from Linus Torvalds's first installation of Minix. As importantly, he follows the progress of major "free software" projects (essential to the success of GNU/Linux) from Emacs and GCC to Sendmail and XFree 86, and finishes with KDE and Gnome.
The end result is a curiously exciting and compulsively readable tale that compares with Tracy Kidder's book, The Soul of a New Machine. It's endlessly fascinating, and you'll be up reading well past your bedtime. --Steve Patient, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'm more interested in code than the lives of the men who wrote it. As such, I found this book to be a slog. I don't care who flamed whom on a message board in 1995. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cristobal Matibag
This is one of those books that seems to think an open-source future is not only inevitable, but imminent. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Erica Robinson
I am a programmer myself (first freeware, now open-source) and I really like the anecdotes and encouraging examples found in this book.Published 23 months ago by Timothy Ha
really good book to read... describes early open source movement and how culture developed during those early days. I enjoy reading this bookPublished 23 months ago by Eddy Yuniar Waluyo
Linux is awesome not only because its model, Unix, is so pervasive in our world, but also for the way in which Linux arose. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by mattallmill
I like the book very much ,but too many biographies details and at the end of the book it is not as it started but it is a excellent book if you would like to learn about the open... Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by nemos
One of the best books you can get if you're interested into a detailed version of the history of the open source movement and its revolution. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Nathan Campos
This is the book I most recommend to persons looking more into the history of patents, technology, and 'techie' culture.Published on August 20, 2012 by Truefire
The most recent previous review is now about three years old, so an update may not be out of place. This book is a decade old, published shortly after the turn of the millennium... Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by Gary E. Albers