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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Author: Hacking Has Its Boundaries

Feb 24, 2004, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"What sort of relationship do Linux and hacking have?

"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..."

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