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The Irish Times: May the source be with you

Nov 29, 1999, 18:07 (0 Talkback[s])

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"In computing, you have definitely arrived when you become a three-letter acronym. Eric S. Raymond (ESR) is among a handful of people whose initials are as familiar to the cognoscenti as FAQ, FYI and IRQ. When TCD's Internet Society went to advertise his talk there last week the only headline on the poster was the letters ESR in 240point type."

"It was enough, and there was standing room only in the lecture hall. Before he began he asked how many people present wrote software for a living. A show of hands said almost half. These days his world audience is not just the true hackers who knocked the Internet into existence over the last 30 years. Major companies are among the most rapt listeners."

"They listen because he is their contact with the hackers and what they have achieved. Listening to him may help to achieve the same quality, resilience and flexibility in their corporate computing projects that ESR's tribe, the hackers, have achieved in theirs."

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