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April 29th, 2009, 12:40 AM
I just spent a large portion of my day reading (ok i skimmed though a few of the chapters so in all only read maybe 40-50%) through http://oreilly.com/openbook/freedom/ A book about RMS. I found the book a very interesting read and I feel I now know a lot more about the whole RMS vs Linus thing (not a debate I'm looking to start here).

So in an attempt to delay my revision some more i was wondering if there are any other good books about where i can learn more about GNU,Linux and the general history of computer development (without the tediousness of Wikipedia articles)?

I'm thinking i might give the cathedral and the bazaar a read, after my exams, but are there any other good books/articles i should read

1.Free as in Freedom (http://oreilly.com/openbook/freedom/)

p.s I will try and add recommendations to the first post for as long as I remember.

April 29th, 2009, 04:57 AM
I own a copy of the cathedral and the bazaar: if you want to buy yourself a copy that's fine, but I really don't recommend it. All the interesting bits it does have you can get here: http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/ (<--Eric Raymond's webpage).
Basically it's a comparison between the way GNU/HURD and proprietary software were being made (the cathedral) and the way Linux (the kernel) was being made (the bazaar).

You may also want to see:

After you read about RMS, Eric, Linus and the MIT you've got most of the history down, mostly everything else will be repetition.