March 7, 2001

The hacker ethic: all work and all play?

Author: JT Smith "Torvalds represents the epitome of the hacker ethos, as described in 1984
in Steven Levy's Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. Torvalds is
extremely passionate about his work -- writing software -- and believes in its
intrinsic value. He's more motivated by the idea of creating something socially
valuable than the goal of making money. And he encourages other programmers to
share their work and build from the pooled ideas -- as he continues to do in the
development of Linux."


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