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Software counterpart to "Soul of a New Machine." Excellent!
on November 19, 2010
Many of you don't care much about how your computer works as long as it works. Others (like me), who are still in awe about what these machines can do, enjoy reading about their history. This book describes a revolutionary idea now in place: take the collective thinking output of brilliant computer people and deliver their work product direct to the consumer, avoiding the corporate (Read: profit-motivated) influence entirely. Keyword: Linux.
Dull? Boring? No! This book is fascinating. It contrasts the structured corporate form of computer software development (the Cathedral) and the altruistic generous world of open source software development (the Bazaar). In the Bazaar, thousands of men and women invest their time to compose and/or debug software works in progress; they create it, they perfect it ... and then they make it **freely** available to you and me. It wouldn't seem like an arrangement like that could survive, let alone flourish, but it does. It's quite an eye-opener!
Decide if you'd like to learn about these brilliant minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. If you like this book then read, "Soul of a New Machine." Also, if you can, watch the documentary movie, "Revolution OS."
Postscript, April 23, 2012:
If you enjoy reading about people with extraordinary intelligence regarding computers and computer programs, read on.
Are you "on Facebook?"
You might be interested to learn about the history of this website and of the people who invented it and founded it. The movie, "The Social Network" tells the story. The movie is very intense and you may have to take rest periods or intermissions when you see it. It's great!
I also highly recommend the book, "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich. This is a more detailed account. Again, I think it's great!