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Why it is even more important than ever to insist that the software we use be free.
The first software-sharing community When I started working at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab inI became part of a software-sharing community that had existed for many years. Sharing of software was not limited to our particular community; it is as old as computers, just as sharing of recipes is as old as cooking.
But we did it more than most. The AI Lab used a timesharing operating system called ITS the Incompatible Timesharing System that the lab's staff hackers 1 had designed and written in assembler language for the Digital PDPone of the large computers of the era.
As a member of this community, an AI Lab staff system hacker, my job was to improve this system. Whenever people from another university or a company wanted to port and Linux and unix essay a program, we gladly let them.
If you saw someone using an unfamiliar and interesting program, you could always ask to see the source code, so that you could read it, change it, or cannibalize parts of it to make a new program. We hackers refuse to recognize that meaning, and continue using the word to mean someone who loves to program, someone who enjoys playful cleverness, or the combination of the two.
See my article, On Hacking. The collapse of the community The situation changed drastically in the early s when Digital discontinued the PDP series. Its architecture, elegant and powerful in the 60s, could not extend naturally to the larger address spaces that were becoming feasible in the 80s.
This meant that nearly all of the programs composing ITS were obsolete.
The AI Lab hacker community had already collapsed, not long before. Inthe spin-off company Symbolics had hired away nearly all of the hackers from the AI Lab, and the depopulated community was unable to maintain itself.
The book Hackers, by Steve Levy, describes these events, as well as giving a clear picture of this community in its prime. The modern computers of the era, such as the VAX or thehad their own operating systems, but none of them were free software: This meant that the first step in using a computer was to promise not to help your neighbor.
A cooperating community was forbidden. If you want any changes, beg us to make them. But what else could we say about a system based on dividing the public and keeping users helpless?
Readers who find the idea surprising may have taken the proprietary software social system as a given, or judged it on the terms suggested by proprietary software businesses.
Software publishers have worked long and hard to convince people that there is only one way to look at the issue. The real message of these statements is in the unstated assumptions they take for granted, which the public is asked to accept without examination.
Let's therefore examine them. One assumption is that software companies have an unquestionable natural right to own software and thus have power over all its users. If this were a natural right, then no matter how much harm it does to the public, we could not object.
Interestingly, the US Constitution and legal tradition reject this view; copyright is not a natural right, but an artificial government-imposed monopoly that limits the users' natural right to copy. Another unstated assumption is that the only important thing about software is what jobs it allows you to do—that we computer users should not care what kind of society we are allowed to have.
A third assumption is that we would have no usable software or would never have a program to do this or that particular job if we did not offer a company power over the users of the program.
This assumption may have seemed plausible, before the free software movement demonstrated that we can make plenty of useful software without putting chains on it.
If we decline to accept these assumptions, and judge these issues based on ordinary commonsense morality while placing the users first, we arrive at very different conclusions.by Markus Kuhn.
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The Jargon File contains a bunch of definitions of the term ‘hacker’, most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits.
If you want to know how to become a hacker, though, only two are really relevant. There is a community, a shared culture, of expert programmers and networking wizards that traces its history back through decades to the.