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  • Title: The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin
  • Author(s) Peter H. Salus
  • Publisher: Reed Media Services (September 1, 2008); eBook (Creative Commons Licensed)
  • License(s): CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • ebook: HTML
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097903423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979034237
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Book Description

The book sheds ligtht on the history of UNIX from the very begining. A very good resource to learn how all those UNIX variants in the wild appeared in the first place

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.

The author has interviewed well over a hundred key figures to document the history and background of free and open source software.

In this book, the author 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.

About the Authors
  • Peter H. Salus is a linguist, computer scientist, historian of technology, author in many fields, and an editor of books and journals. He has conducted research in germanistics, language acquisition, and computer languages.
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