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A critical factor in its success was that the X developers were willing to give the sources away for free in accordance with the hacker ethic, and able to distribute them over the Internet.
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After 1987, the workstation technology of the previous decade began to look distinctly threatened by newer, low-cost and high-performance personal computers based on the Intel 386 chip and its descendants.
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Berkeley hackers liked to see themselves as rebels against soulless corporate empires.
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But from 1945 onward, the technology of computing attracted many of the world's brightest and most creative minds.
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By late 1993 Linux could compete on stability and reliability with many commercial Unixes, and hosted vastly more software. It was even beginning to attract ports of commercial applications software.
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During the 1980s hackerdom was preoccupied by the software and tool-building challenges of getting the most use out of these features.
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Following the invention of the World Wide Web, the Internet's already rapid growth accelerated to a breakneck pace.
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For the first time, individual hackers could afford to have home machines comparable in power and storage capacity to the minicomputers of ten years earlier - Unix engines capable of supporting a full development environment and talking to the Internet.
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Hackerdom flowered at the universities connected to the net, especially (though not exclusively) in their computer science departments.
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If Unix could present the same face, the same capabilities, on machines of many different types, it could serve as a common software environment for all of them.
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In early 1993, a hostile observer might have had grounds for thinking that the Unix story was almost played out, and with it the fortunes of the hacker tribe.
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In the beginning, there were Real Programmers.
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In the late 1990s the central activities of hackerdom became Linux development and the mainstreaming of the Internet.
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Linux evolved in a completely different way. From nearly the beginning, it was rather casually hacked on by huge numbers of volunteers coordinating only through the Internet.
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Stallman's grandest scheme neatly epitomized the transition hackerdom underwent in the early eighties - in 1982 he began the construction of an entire clone of Unix, written in C and available for free.
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The ARPAnet was the first transcontinental, high-speed computer network.
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The beginnings of the hacker culture as we know it today can be conveniently dated to 1961, the year MIT acquired the first PDP-1.
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The early growth of Linux synergized with another phenomenon: the public discovery of the Internet.
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The first intentional artifacts of the hacker culture - the first slang lists, the first satires, the first self-conscious discussions of the hacker ethic - all propagated on the ARPAnet in its early years.
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The mainstreaming of the Internet even brought the hacker culture the beginnings of respectability and political clout.
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The Real Programmers typically came out of engineering or physics backgrounds. They were often amateur-radio hobbyists.
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The workstation-class machines built by Sun and others opened up new worlds for hackers.
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Thompson and Ritchie were among the first to realize that hardware and compiler technology had become good enough that an entire operating system could be written in C, and by 1978 the whole environment had been successfully ported to several machines of different types.
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Traditionally, operating systems had been written in tight assembler to extract the absolute highest efficiency possible out of their host machines.
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Until the Linux development, everyone believed that any software as complex as an operating system had to be developed in a carefully coordinated way by a relatively small, tightly-knit group of people.
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Worse, by the early 1990s it was becoming clear that ten years of effort to commercialize proprietary Unix was ending in failure.
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Your historian first became involved with the hacker culture in 1977 through the early ARPAnet and science-fiction fandom. From then onward, I personally witnessed and participated in many of the changes described here.
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