[ubuntu-za] Fwd: GNU turn thirty!

Marius Kruger amanic at gmail.com
Sat Sep 28 10:12:06 UTC 2013

On 28 September 2013 11:40, Jan Greeff <jan at verslank.net> wrote:

> Great Wesley, thanks. But why the "Happy hacking" greeting at the end? In
> my limited perception, hacking is a very negative connotation.

When freesoftware/gnu people in general talk about hacking it has nothing
to do with the illegal operations most people think about when they hear
that word.

A hacker is someone who enjoys playful cleverness—not necessarily with
computers. The programmers in the old MIT free software community of the
60s and 70s referred to themselves as hackers. Around 1980, journalists who
discovered the hacker community mistakenly took the term to mean “security

Please don't spread this mistake. People who break security are “crackers.”


✝ Marius
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