The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin
by Peter H. Salus
How free and open software is changing the world
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The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin by Peter H. Salus covers more than just a history of free and open source — it explores how free and open software is changing the world. Salus, a noted UNIX, open source, and Internet historian and author of A Quarter Century of UNIX and Casting The Net books, has interviewed well over a hundred key figures to document the history and background of free and open source software.
"In this book, he 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." — Jon "maddog" Hall (from foreword)
"A decade after 'A Quarter Century of UNIX,' I felt that the world had changed enough that a new book, showing how our three totem beasts — mythic, mammal and avian — had brought that about. And here it is!" — Peter H. Salus
- Price: US$19.90
- Author: Peter H. Salus
- Foreword: Jon "maddog" Hall
- Editor: Jeremy C. Reed
- ISBN: 978-0-9790342-3-7
- LCCN: 2008936000
- Pages: 203 (paperback)
- Publishing Date: September 2008
- Book dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.47 inches
Table of Contents
- The Opaque Crystal Ball
- Ancient History
- The Users
- A Tale of Two Editors
- Communicating — UUCP and Usenet
- BSD and the CSRG
- ``Free as in Freedom''
- SUN and GCC
- OSF and UNIX International
- GNU, the GPL and Cygnus
- USL v The Regents of the University of California
- BTL after UNIX: Plan 9 and Inferno
- Commercial UNIXes to BSDI
- The Hurd and BSDI
- The BSDs
- Finding Stuff in the Attic
- The Web
- Just for Fun
- Tanenbaum and Torvalds
- Proliferating Penguins
- Yet more Penguins
- Oceans of FUD
- Advanced Capitalism
- Behavioral Economics
- Sharing Access
- Where are We?
- Are We There Yet?
About the Author
Born in Vienna and educated in New York, Aberystwyth, Leiden, and Reykjavik, Dr. Peter H. Salus spent 20 years in academia, 11 of them at the University of Toronto, and has extensive experience in large organizations, having been Executive Director of the USENIX Association and the Sun User Group and Vice President of the Free Software Foundation, following a stint at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center.
Dr. Salus has written or edited over a dozen books, including A Quarter Century of UNIX, Casting the Net, the four-volume Handbook of Programming Languages, and the Big Book of IPv6 Addressing RFCs. Salus is widely known as the historian of Unix and the Internet.
- "I have read the manuscript from cover to cover and enjoyed it." — Stuart McRobert (Imperial College, London)
- Review by Sten Grynir in New York Stringer
- Review in ;login: (The USENIX Magazine February 2009, Volume 34, Number 1)
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