Free for All

I havent been posting for a while due to hectic workload, both on the personal and professional front. I finally managed to make time for some pastime reading and laid my hands on “Free for all” – (how Linux came to be) by Peter Wayner. It makes for good reading esp. his choice of words. I was pleasantly surprised at how he has simplified highly technical content so that its palatable to both geeks and suits.

I learnt a few things along the way – for instance, whats the difference between licensed under GPL and BSD.

Both of them pertain to open source code but while GPL requires to give back any modification to the source you make to the original project, BSD just requires you to ensure that the copyright notice is present while you build your own version. GNU GPL was started by Richard Stallman, a computer scientist at MIT.

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