SearchEnterpriseLinux: Author: Hacking Has Its Boundaries
Feb 24, 2004, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)
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"What sort of relationship do Linux and hacking
"Grand: Linux and hacking, meaning hacking in a
good sense, basically go hand in hand. Linus [Torvalds] and his
open source developers work on lots of different pieces of Linux
code and share their hacks with a community. For example, people
modify their Linux-based devices to do something that they weren't
intended to do or to add some sort of personal touch to them. Then
they share what they did. They couldn't do that with closed
operating systems like Windows.
"With Linux, you get a lot of low-level control of the operating
system. So, if you want to implement codes on your own, run Linux.
A lot of Linux hackers like to be able to modify certain parameters
or source codes, or they might want to know how a program is
running on their system. With Linux and open source applications,
you can actually look through source code and make sure [you know
what] the operating system or application is doing. They're not at
the mercy of those closed black-box software packages..."