- Taschenbuch: 204 Seiten
- Verlag: Reed Media Serv (1. September 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 097903423X
- ISBN-13: 978-0979034237
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,1 x 21,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 402.175 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2008
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In addition to covering a history of free and open source, The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin explores how free and open software is changing the world. It is authored by Peter H. Salus, a noted UNIX, open source, and Internet historian and author of A Quarter Century of UNIX and Casting The Net and other books. Salus has interviewed well over a hundred key figures to document the history and background of free and open source software. In his book, Salus reaches back into the early days of computing, showing that even in "pre-UNIX" days there was freely available software, and rapidly moves forward to the Free Software movement of today and what it means for the future, drawing analogies and linkages from various aspects of economics and life.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Salus is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Matrix Information and Directory Services. He has been keynote speaker at the Atlanta Linux Showcase, UniForum Canada, the UKUUG, the NLUUG, the BUUG/OTA, and several other European and North American conferences.
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The book is quite thin (about 200 pages) and contains quite many chapters (30). The book is not following the history chronologically but neither is it totally random. It dives into one 'track' of the history, then comes back and shows how the different tracks have influenced each other. Each chapter is an essay which can be read independently. The book is feels exceptionally well researched and the author does not shy away from giving his opinion on the topic. Although, the last few chapters of the book were perhaps a little too anti-Microsoft (plus the predictions on Windows 7 can probably be exclaimed wrong).
The chapters are too many to all cover in this review. The book covers a history of unix from the perspective of one of the first Open Source applications and one of the first clashes with lawyers about openness of source code. It covers the different unix clones and especially BSD unix and how it led to vi editor and relates to Sun Microsystems. It side-tracks in Richard Stallman, the creation of Emacs, the founding of FSF and the creation of the Gnu Public License. The book covers how Linux relates to all this and how the different Linux distributions started, how they related and what their influence was on the world of Open Source. It even dives into the, perhaps, failures of Hurd, BSDi, and Plan 9... which not much people know about. The book ends with broadly mapping the current state of Open Source and making predictions about its future.
Reading The Daemon, The Gnu, and The Penguin was fun and enjoyable. It wasn't always easy because a lot of content was covered in a short amount of time, the writing style was terse. Yet, I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Open Source especially as its short, easy to read, and well researched. The rating would be between 4 and 5 stars, but decided to go for 4 because of the sometimes a little too terse writing style. Still, highly recommended!
If you are interested in the technical aspects of Unix, I would recommend to look somewhere else. Even the philosophy of Unix (along the lines of: make each program do one thing well & expect the output of every program to become the input to another) is never mentioned in the book. Similarly, most classic Unix programs/tools are either never mentioned, or only as part of a long list (with no description).
The last third of the book is primarily about Linux, and this part was the most interesting to me.
If you are after chronological order of events, this may not be the right book for you.... Different events are listed in their own time-frames; in one chapter (or series of chapters), for example something about BSD, you get to year 2000 and the next chapter about something else, say something about GPL and RMS, starts from 1980's again... The logical order of the book is based on events, not time.
In general, I enjoyed reading the book, and would recommend it to anybody who likes to read about "history or evolution of UNIX / UNIX-based operating systems". It was really exciting to ready how UNIX was borm from the ashes of Multics, and was implemented -almost- within one month; hats off for K.Thompson and D.Ritchie!
I would like to see more on history of major BSD variants, such as FreeBSD / NetBSD / OpenBSD (at least as much as I read about the history of Linux from the book), but this critisism has not reduced the rating I gave for the book.
I strongly recomend this great book..