Hacker Ethic

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From the same site as the Hacker How-To comes this brief description of the hacker ethic. Again, I am in the process of writing something else, but for now this is good enough.?

Read it: http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/H/hacker-ethic.html

It breaks the hacker ethic into two main beliefs that complement one another:?

  1. The belief that information-sharing is a powerful positive good, and that it is an ethical duty of hackers to share their expertise by writing open-source code and facilitating access to information and to computing resources wherever possible.

  2. The belief that system-cracking for fun and exploration is ethically OK as long as the cracker commits no theft, vandalism, or breach of confidentiality.

A longer version of the hacker ethic comes from the famous book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution that you probably should read someday, but there is no rush. I haven't read the whole thing yet. ?

The Wikipedia article is pretty good so read it:?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_ethic

They come out to six key beliefs:

  1. 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!
  2. All information should be free (Often a topic of debate, he means free as in speech, rather than free as in beer)?
  3. ?Mistrust authority?promote decentralization
  4. ?Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position.
  5. You can create art and beauty on a computer. The concept of "hack value" is doing something that is worth doing because of the "playful cleverness" required.?
  6. ?Computers can change your life for the better

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