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Borland Community: Musings of a Hacker

Feb 13, 2000, 16:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juancarlo AƱez)

"A recently published book, The Cathedral and The Bazaar, collects the "musings" of a hacker. Two years earlier the hacker's insights into hacker culture and open-source software development had caught the attention of Netscape and Microsoft. Why would Netscape and Microsoft be interested in the musings of a hacker? And why would you be?"

"Eric Raymond, former student of mathematics and philosophy, Tae-Kwon-Do aficionado, musician, and now millionaire, reveals himself in his papers as a convincing analyst of the sociology, anthropology, economics, and technology behind open source. His portraits of the hacker culture and of the open-source way of developing software are points of reference for every analysis of open source that's followed. Raymond has become one of the most vocal among open-source evangelists, speaking at numerous computing and business conferences around the world, and giving frequent interviews to the media...."

"How much Raymond's papers and the Microsoft memos contributed to the Linux phenomenon is something for historians to elucidate. At the time the memos were disclosed, the Department of Justice's monopoly suit against Microsoft was already under way. Encouraging the media to portray Linux as a threat to Windows NT would have been just too convenient for Microsoft. We may never know for sure if the "Halloween Documents" were intentionally "leaked" to make Linux look good. The fact remains, however, that since the disclosure Linux, open source, the documents, and Raymond's papers have received steady front page coverage all around."

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