The Rebel Code puts Linux into an historical and social context. Based largely on interviews with the main players and precise historical data (Linux kernel releases are dated to the second) it traces Free Software from its early eighties origin with Robert Stallman's founding of the Gnu Project and takes it as far as the end of 2000 with Gnu/Linux becoming a worldwide phenomenon running handheld PDAs, PCs and Macs, IBM mainframes and powering the world's biggest supercomputers.
Glyn Moody charts every milestone in the development of the Linux kernel from Linus Torvalds' first installation of Minix. As important, he follows the progress of major Free Software projects--essential to the success of Gnu/Linux--from Emacs and GCC to Sendmail and XFree86 finishing with KDE and Gnome.
The end result is a curiously exciting and compulsively readable tale which stands comparison with Tracy Kidder's book, The Soul of a New Machine. Endlessly fascinating, you'll be up reading it well past bedtime. --Steve Patient --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starts off ok but gets a bit boring.
As a historical record it sorta works. You would need to be a real anorak to actually enjoy it. Read more
I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone interested in what got us here today.Published on 1 July 2004 by ghenry
I found this book as interesting for it's sense of being written at the hight of the dot-com boom, when it seemed Linux would truly change everything as I did it's intended... Read morePublished on 29 April 2002 by G. J. Little
An excellent and fascinating book that describes the Linux (and open source) revolution from the beginning. Read morePublished on 19 May 2001
As somebody who didn't know much about the evolution of Linux or the Open Source movement before reading this book, I found it to be very interesting and informative. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org