Linux.com: Linux: Love, Art, Hacking
Oct 05, 2000, 07:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Dominico)
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"Ah, the great figures of the Renaissance. People such as
Michaelangelo, DaVinci, and Torvalds spring to mind. Yes, Torvalds.
While you may not recall reading about him in your history classes,
the fact is that people like him are responsible for a new
Renaissance - a hacker Renaissance, if you will. It is a revival of
hacking as an art form, instead of a daily drudgery to be performed
for some faceless company. It is the rebirth of the hacker as an
artist, and it's a big part of the Linux revolution."
"Hacking isn't just coding, either - it could be opening up
the guts of your TiVo to find out how it works, chilling a 486 in
the freezer to see how far it can be overclocked, or dissecting
that annoying Furby and re-wiring it to do your evil bidding.
Hacking is technical skill taken a step further, and combined with
creativity. It can be as simple as the act of doing something, just
to see if it can be done. At its purest sense, hacking is doing
something for the love of it."
"Believe it or not, there was a time when the hacker was an
artist, not just a corporate cog. "An artist," you say. "I thought
artists were people who painted, or acted, or sang..." Let's think
about this, though. What is art? Art is about beauty, love,
creativity, and perfection. Code can be beautiful. It can take on
the same characteristics as fine prose. If you've ever read through
artfully written code, there's something intangible and beautiful
about it - the way it implements some algorithm in the least
possible amount of space, or the artful way in which it flows.
Artful coding requires creativity, such as when finding a new way
to tackle a tough problem. It's also about the search for
perfection. If you've ever sat there staring at a screenful of
code, thinking to yourself, "But there must be a better way to do
this," you know what I mean. That's the artist trying to break
free. Why? Because you love what you're doing. You're a hacker, and
you yearn to be free to express yourself."
- Linux.com: To Hack or Not To Hack(Sep 22, 2000)
- The Register: So-called hackers: please grow up(Sep 16, 2000)
- Boston Globe: By Day, They're Mild Mannered Engineers(Aug 28, 2000)
- Advogato: Fallible Hacker Figureheads(Jul 17, 2000)
- Linux.com: Chivalry(Jun 29, 2000)
- LinuxDevices.com: What do you value most about open source?(Jun 27, 2000)
- VNU Net: Hacking the hackers(Jun 24, 2000)
- Salon: The unknown hackers(May 17, 2000)
- J Willis: What the Hack? Iopener(Apr 21, 2000)
- ZDNet: Are they 'hackers'? Or 'crackers'?(Apr 03, 2000)
- Borland Community: Musings of a Hacker(Feb 13, 2000)