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Jul 22, 2009, 14:33 (3 Talkback[s])

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"It was burnt into ROM, but you could modify it - there was a company that had disassembled it for me, legally - and then along came the IBM PC and Microsoft, and crushed all the creativity out of it, just ground over it with a tank tread. So the kids growing up these days don't know any of that stuff. They don't know the basics of how the thing works. They've got black boxes that rattle because they're broken, and they can't look inside. You can't learn from that."

"For those who spent their childhood or adolescence delving into the home computers of the late seventies and early eighties playing with software was a learning experience, and something to be shared. Linux could be said to have grown out of this ethos as much as it grew out of the free software movement or the early 90s culture of Usenet where "if you wrote something neat you posted it to Usenet" and the only proviso that came with the software was that "if the software breaks you get to keep both pieces."

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