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Boston Globe: By Day, They're Mild Mannered Engineers

Aug 28, 2000, 17:19 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Pham)

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"In what has become a ritual during Linux conventions throughout the nation, dozens of computer programmers have been gathering to catch up with old friends, trade tips on the latest hacking techniques, and fire off a few rounds at the local shooting range."

"Their most recent meeting took place in Silicon Valley two weeks ago. The occasion was LinuxWorld in San Jose, a confab of 20,000 devotees of the Linux computer operating system."

"Call them Linux Libertarians. This subculture of hackerdom is less about guns than it is about an elaborate philosophy of a faction of freedom-loving geeks with an acute distrust for authority. To understand them is to understand the popularity of Linux, an operating system that spawned out of the insurgent ''free software'' movement."

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