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Last Review by rodviking - posted: 03-01-2004 08:21 AM [ Post a Review

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I recommend this book to everyone who wants to know how the open-source (OSS) movement started, and the key players involved. It's quite nice to understand why (the motivation) and how some great OSS projects like Linux or Apache came to be, who's the people involved and how the thing started and developed. There are "relics" like the transcription of first e-mails Linus sent regarding his new "pet-project" in the early 90's, surviving a flamewar he had with Andy Tannenbaum about microkernel x monolithic kernel. The strength of the book is that it's centered around people, not coding or technology. And understanding the people and their motivation/troubles/personality, it's much easier to understand the open-source movement as a whole. It also shows us that these guys are not superheroes or supergeniuses (well, not all of them), but just people with a vision and very persistent. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys OSS as product, methodology and philosophy. I would love to read a follow-up of this book, covering the last 4 years (it ends up around 1999)

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution" by rodviking - posted: 03-01-2004 - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review by rodviking - posted: 03-01-2004 08:03 AM [ Post a Review

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I read the excellent "Rebel Code" and thought that reading "Just for Fun" would be a nice idea, to know more about Linux and its author through his own words. The problem is that Linus and the journalist who helped him failed to make the book interesting, so it becomes a sequence of chapters like "yeah I needed a new driver for my modem, so...well I did it" In one page he's doing Linux version 0.01 alone in his bedroom in Helsinki, 15 pages later he's talking about having 10 million users, and leaves no clue HOW it happened, or who was involved (guys like Dave Miller and Alan Cox, so important to the Linux community, didn't get one single mention) So if you want to really understand not only WHAT happened but HOW it happened, I recommend "Rebel Code" instead. It covers not only Linux and Linux, but the whole open-source movement.

Rating: 6
Product Details: "Just for Fun" by jeremy - posted: 02-06-2004 - Rating: ******** 7.75


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