December 23rd, 2016

From Linux Kernel to Bitcoin Dev

Just as GNU/Linux is the world’s best known open source operating system, bitcoin is the best known open source cryptocurrency, which revived and gave new life to blockchain.

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Australian Rusty Russell gives an amusing TEDx talk in Adelaide, South Australia, explaining his voyage from being a Linux kernel developer to being a bitcoin developer.

You can also read his Google+ post announcing this transition. If Linux attracts some of the smartest minds in computing — and bitcoin does the same — that’s something in bitcoin’s favor. Personally, I have a greater interest in blockchain than in bitcoin. Melanie Swan, the founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, explains the scope of blockchain in this LinkedIn SlideShare presentation.

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Phil Shapiro

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at [email protected]

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