Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hacker ethic

"As Levy stated in the preface of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, the general tenets or principles of hacker ethic include:

  • Sharing
  • Openness
  • Decentralization
  • Free access to computers
  • World Improvement

In addition to those principles listed above, Levy also described more specific hacker ethics and beliefs in chapter 2, The Hacker Ethic. The ethics he described in chapter 2 are quoted here.

Access to computers—and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works—should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative!

  • All information should be free.
  • Mistrust Authority—Promote Decentralization.
  • Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position.
  • You can create art and beauty on a computer.
  • Computers can change your life for the better."
PS: I was going through some details about Stallman, Linux, GNU project. This quoted text is from Hacker ethic section of wikipedia. It is good to see people with strong ethics and believes.

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