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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Free software book?

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Free software book?
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:13:07 +0000
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Ciaran O'Riordan <address@hidden> wrote:
> I liked Rebel Code, by Glyn Moody.  [...]
> And "Open Sources Voices from the Open Source Revolution", [...]
> > Cathedral and the Bazaar ?
> Bleh.  From what I've heard, it's not good.

Go read the essay at least, rather than relying on hearsay.  The CatB
essay contains some glaring inaccuracies and overstated opinions, but
resonates with anyone who is frustrated by the quirks in how the GNU
project has been run in general.  I feel it's a large part of the
reason why the original, failed Open Source Initiative got so much
traction.  I found Homesteading the Noosphere more interesting, but
other than that, I've not much time for ESR's writing.

A look-before-you-buy copy of Free as in Freedom is online at

OSVOSR was a bit obtuse for me.  I guess it depends how many of the
voices you like as people.

Rebel Code has some faults, but is probably the best intro mentioned
in this thread so far.  If you like it more philosophical, I suggest
the Hacker Ethic by Pekka Himanen.

Hope that helps,
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