Hackers and Open Source Revolution

The new generation of hackers are turning open source into a powerful force in today’s computing world. They are the heirs to an earlier hacking culture that thrived in the 1960s and 1970s when computers were still new — part of a community that believed software should be shared and that all would benefit as a result. Software creators, on the other hand dont naturally agree with the view held by hackers. They have chosen to increase their cyber security measures to keep their software safe.
These expert programmers and networking wizards trace their lineage back to the first time-sharing minicomputers and the earliest ARPAnet experiments. The members of this community coined the term “hacker”. Hackers built the Internet and made the UNIX operating system what it is today. Hackers run Usenet and make the World Wide Web work.
Thanks to the advent of relatively low-cost computers and the Internet, the new hackers are immeasurably more numerous, more productive, and more united than their forebears. They are linked by a common goal — of writing great software; and by a common code — that such software should be freely available to all.
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