open-source movements. As we approach the File's 30th anniversary,
it is my pleasure and honor to bring the hacker community a major new
This is a not a mere point release, but a major revision incorporating
weeks of work. The file masters have been converted from Texinfo to
XML-Docbook; as a result,
There is a real change-log file; you can see which entries have been
added, changed, or deleted in each release since 4.0.0.
- The new File includes cartoons and illustrations. In addition to
the Crunchly cartoons from the paper edition (the New Hacker's
Dictionary) there are other photographs and illustrations
of historical and current interest.
There have been many content changes as well:
The entries have been systematically weeded out with Google
searches, so the File reflects live usage better than
ever before. Over a hundred bogus entries were removed.
- Copies of all old versions still extant are now available in an archive
directory, together with the tools I used for reconstructing the
As usual, many entries have been revised and updated. Enjoy!