"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
"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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