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Wired: The Story of Linus' Babies; Conversation with Glyn Moody, Author of 'Rebel Code'

Feb 14, 2001, 16:42 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

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"Open-source and free-software programmers essentially live the most significant part of their lives online. So it's not surprising that much of the history of the movement is preserved only on websites and mailing list archives. But modern storage media is prone to crashes, viruses and accidental deletions, and there was a real risk that the story of open source and free software would be lost forever. That was the motivation for Glyn Moody's new book, Rebel Code, which moves the history of open and free software from silicon to the safety of bookshelves."

"Moody refers to open-source and free-software programmers as hackers throughout the book. He makes an interesting twist on the usual derogatory media use of the term by returning the word "hacker" to its original definition --- someone who is so obsessed with something that he or she wants to know everything about it, enough to be able to get his or her hands right into the guts of the beloved subject."

"Moody said that during the project he was surprised by "the sheer humility" of practically all of the elite hackers that he interviewed. He thinks this explains why their projects are so successful. "They genuinely want to serve others," he said."

"Appropriately, Penguin Publishing later bought some of the rights to the book... and in the spirit of open source, has made the first three chapters freely available online."

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