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.?
It breaks the hacker ethic into two main beliefs that complement one another:?
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.
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:
- 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!
- All information should be free (Often a topic of debate, he means free as in speech, rather than free as in beer)?
- ?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. The concept of "hack value" is doing something that is worth doing because of the "playful cleverness" required.?
- ?Computers can change your life for the better