Homesteading the Noosphere
In Homesteading the Noosphere, Eric S. Raymond analyses the
hacker culture as a gift culture:
Social status is determined not by what you control but
by what you give away.
- "real" programmer
The hacker ethic according to Steven Levy in Hackers:Heroes of the Computer Revolution:
- Access to computers - and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works - should be unlimited and total.
- 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.
- Like Aladdin's lamp, you could get it to do your bidding.
- Homesteading the Noosphere, Eric S. Raymond - http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/homesteading/
- A Brief History of Hackerdom, Eric S. Raymond - http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/hacker-history/
- Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Steven Levy (first two chapters) - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/729
- Free / Open Source Research Community Online Papers - http://opensource.mit.edu/online_papers.php
- Noosphere - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noosphere