"This one woman from the Department of Energy said, 'Forgive me,
but we're supposed to believe you? You're some undergraduate from
"I said to her, 'Whose computer operating system do you run?'"
recalls Lapsley, "and she said, "Well, Berkeley's.' She sat down
and I sat down."
"The episode neatly captures the spirit of the XCF, an
organization that has directly or indirectly produced some of the
most powerful and innovative open-source software of the past 15
years. The confident -- some might say cocky -- XCF undergraduates
helped slay the Internet Worm, produced one of the first-ever Web
browsers and developed two programs essential to the ecology of
free software -- the GTK tool kit (a set of tools useful for
creating graphical user interfaces) and the GIMP, a Photoshop
clone. Members of the XCF have also contributed code to the
Gnutella file-trading project, a software program that many
observers believe will be the successor to Napster."
"It's almost like it's our duty to create cool things for
the world," says Spencer Kimball, who co-wrote both the GIMP and
the Unix versions of Gnutella."
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