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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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The Free Software Paradigm and the Hacker Ethic

The Free Software Paradigm and the Hacker Ethic

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(p.241) 22 The Free Software Paradigm and the Hacker Ethic
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Is the Universe a Hologram?
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Richard Stallman

Adolfo Plasencia

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.003.0022

This dialogue is preceded by an introduction about Richard Stallman and the power of “code”, by Lawrence Lessing, as well as a detailed biography of Richard revised by himself. In the conversation following this, Stallman analyzes the origin and validity of the ‘hacking’ and ‘hack’ concepts and the differences between ‘hackers’ and ‘crackers’. He then describes in detail the concept, dimension, forms of creation and the development of software code, especially free software and its implementation framework. He later reflects on and outlines his vision of the relationship between the use of technology and ethics, and about ethical hackers. He also talks about the good and bad behavior of companies and, in this context, his criticism of Corporatocracy. Afterward, he describes concepts about how the creation of software code works compared with other creative arts, such as literature. He goes on to analyze the mechanisms for how ideas are patented in the industrial world, in particular the case of software development. He finally talks about why his vision of free software remains valid and how it should be dealt with during education.

Keywords:   Free software, Free Software Foundation, Hacker, Hacker community, Copyright, Proprietary software, Hacking, Crackers, Hack, Software patents

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