Download e-book for iPad: For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source by Christopher Tozzi,Jonathan Zittrain

By Christopher Tozzi,Jonathan Zittrain

ISBN-10: 0262036479

ISBN-13: 9780262036474

In the Eighties, there has been a revolution with far-reaching results -- a revolution to revive software program freedom. within the early Eighties, after many years of constructing resource code to be had with courses, so much programmers ceased sharing code freely. A band of revolutionaries, self-described "hackers," challenged this new norm through construction working platforms with resource code which may be freely shared. In For enjoyable and Profit, Christopher Tozzi deals an account of the loose and open resource software program (FOSS) revolution, from its origins as an vague, marginal attempt via a small staff of programmers to the common advertisement use of open resource software program this day. Tozzi explains FOSS's historic trajectory, formed by means of eccentric personalities -- together with Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds -- and pushed either by way of ideology and pragmatism, through enjoyable and profit.Tozzi examines hacker tradition and its impression at the Unix working method, the response to Unix's commercialization, and the heritage of early Linux improvement. He describes the industrial growth that undefined, whilst businesses invested billions of greenbacks in items utilizing FOSS working structures; the following tensions in the FOSS move; and the battles with closed resource software program businesses (especially Microsoft) that observed FOSS as a probability. eventually, Tozzi describes FOSS's present dominance in embedded computing, cellular units, and the cloud, in addition to its cultural and highbrow influence.

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