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Linux.com: Book Review: Rebel Code: Inside the Linux and Open Source Revolution

Mar 04, 2001, 18:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Jewett)

"The question is, how did Stallman do it? And more importantly, what took place in the time period from the proposal, "information wants to be free," through seeing the adoption of this ideal by behemoths such as IBM?"

"In his book Rebel Code: Inside the Linux and Open Source Revolution, Glyn Moody attempts to answer these questions while chronicling the revolution Richard Stallman started. Published by Perseus Publishing, this book has an attractive dust cover with penguins interspersed with 0's and 1's, certain to grab the attention of any computer enthusiast or Linux user. According to the cover, "Glyn is a London based writer who has tracked, written and used Linux since nearly its inception." It becomes immediately apparent to the reader that Moody has done his homework."

"Rebel Code takes a moment to introduce the main characters before backtracking to the foundation that was laid years before. Moody rightfully acknowledges Levy's Hackers and proceeds to fill in the years between Hackers and the rise of Linux and most importantly, what Stallman and the GNU project did during those years from 1984 to 1991."

"Moody's painstaking research of newsgroups, mailing lists, and interviews with the personalities of the GNU/Linux revolution pays off. Rebel Code touches upon everything from the rise of the World Wide Web and the web browser, coining the term "Open Source," to the history and importance of Samba, to Netscape's and IBM's decision to join the Cause. Rebel Code is a complete and very accurate history and "Who's who?" of personalities, history, and projects that have put Linux and free software in the position they are in today."

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