"Now it came to pass that Microsoft had waxed great and mighty
among the Microchip Corporations; mightier than any of the
Mainframe Corporations before it, it had waxed. And Gates' heart
was hardened, and he swore unto his Customers and their Engineers
the words of this curse: "Children of von Neumann, hear me. IBM and
the Mainframe Corporations bound thy forefathers with grave and
perilous Licenses, such that ye cried unto the spirits of Turing
and von Neumann for deliverance. Now I say unto ye: I am greater
than any Corporation before me. Will I loosen your Licenses? Nay, I
will bind thee with Licenses twice as grave and ten times more
perilous than my forefathers. . . . I will capture and enslave thee
as no generation has been enslaved before. And wherefore will ye
crye then unto the spirits of Turing, and von Neumann, and Moore?
They cannot hear ye. I am become a greater Power than they. Ye
shall cry only unto me, and shall live by my mercy and my wrath. I
am the Gates of Hell; I hold the portal to MSNBC and the keys to
the Blue Screen of Death. Be ye afraid; be ye greatly afraid; serve
only me, and live."
"So opens The Gospel According to Tux, a humorous hacker text
that contrasts the closed software development model represented by
Microsoft with the open development model represented by Linux and
other hacker projects (Tux is the name of Linux's penguin mascot).
The hacker software's openness means that hackers publish the
source code of their programs and permit all others to use, test,
and develop it."
"The hackers' open-source model or hacker ethic is very similar
to the scientific ethic, which also emphasizes open creativity.
Accordingly, The Gospel According to Tux elevates to heroic status
the researchers who openly shared their findings while creating the
theoretical foundation for the computer, chief among them Alan
Turing and John von Neumann. Optimistically, The Gospel According
to Tux goes on to relate how Torvalds revives this spirit in the
world of computers...."