"...As the year 2000 limps to a close, the days when
Slashdot's name was at the tip of every tech pundit's tongue, and
Linux's rise to world domination seemed a foregone conclusion, are
suddenly long gone. The prominence of free software in the tech and
financial press has sharply declined. I mean, you know the buzz is
fading fast when media outlets become so bored that they can't even
muster the energy to harp on the declining stock prices of Linux
companies. Sure, the dot-com downturn is responsible for a lot
of the deflation, as is the normal news cycle that treats
yesterday's news as, well, yesterday's news, but was it really only
a year ago that VA Linux was breaking all records for IPO
"The funny thing is, Macleod's recapitulation of present-day
hacker society as the cyberpunk science fiction past is a signal
that, even while stock prices and media buzz are down, the cultural
spread of free software and hacker social mores is alive and well.
And that's not just because of the natural synergy between science
fiction and programming. On the contrary, it's yet more fallout
from the ascendance of the Internet. Free software hacker culture
is at the heart of the Net, and now that the Net is at the heart of
daily life reflections of that reality are popping up in all kinds
of expected and unexpected places."
"It's not just in science fiction novels written by former
programmers that we find jokes about firewalls, cross-platform
integration and Unix. The same kind of stuff is turning up in
academic journals, interwoven with references to Derrida. And even
though cynics are now busy decrying the end of open-source software
as a business strategy, and are even going so far as to lament that
the thrill is gone, the sense of fun that is at the core of hacking
something new -- that got people hacking on things like Linux in
the first place -- is still vital. You just have to know where to
look for it, and right now, that place is not in Red Hat or VA
Linux's quarterly earnings reports."
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