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NY Times: The Rebel Code

Feb 20, 1999, 22:59 (3 Talkback[s])

Thanks to Tom Bylander for this link.

"One recent rainy afternoon at the home of Marcus Meissner in Erlangen, Germany, Meissner's computer froze."

"Meissner sent out an e-mail. Moments later in Budapest, a 26-year-old called Mingo -- it is the habit of the wizards who tend to Linux to refer to one another by only their e-mail avatars -- posted a fix. Gabriel, a radio astronomer in southern Spain, countered the next day with a different version. Then Petkan, a system administrator at a Bulgarian newspaper, weighed in with a new approach. The point was not simply to mend the program, but also to find the most elegant way of doing so. Of course everyone knew that Torvalds, the California-based spider at the center of this self-spinning web, would have the final say."

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