Eric S Raymond Quotes

  • If Unix could present the same face, the same capabilities, on machines of many different types, it could serve as a common software environment for all of them.
  • Linux evolved in a completely different way. From nearly the beginning, it was rather casually hacked on by huge numbers of volunteers coordinating only through the Internet.
  • A critical factor in its success was that the X developers were willing to give the sources away for free in accordance with the hacker ethic, and able to distribute them over the Internet.
  • The workstation-class machines built by Sun and others opened up new worlds for hackers.
  • Money is just a way to keep score. The best people in any field are motivated by passion. That becomes more true the higher the skill level gets.
  • In early 1993, a hostile observer might have had grounds for thinking that the Unix story was almost played out, and with it the fortunes of the hacker tribe.
  • Does Facebook act as though I own my online life, or as though it does? Concretely: Can I control what data it shares with other users, with advertisers, and with business partners?
  • As a Facebook user, do I have control of the data Facebook keeps about me? Concretely: can I examine and modify that data using tools of my choosing which are built for my needs?
  • Berkeley hackers liked to see themselves as rebels against soulless corporate empires.
  • The beginnings of the hacker culture as we know it today can be conveniently dated to 1961, the year MIT acquired the first PDP-1.
  • In the beginning, there were Real Programmers.
  • The ARPAnet was the first transcontinental, high-speed computer network.