- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Updated edition (January 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141000511
- ISBN-13: 978-0141000510
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 190 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution Paperback – January 1, 2001
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The book is great for its humor and history in the 96th percentile of each category! Buy it and be prepared to laugh and learn!
Hackers also does an excellent job of promoting and almost idealizing the infamous Hacker Ethic developed initially in the 1950s by the first computer hackers. The ethic consists of a focus on open source technology, cooperation, and an intense disapproval of the corporatization of computer software.
Overall, Hackers is an excellent book if you enjoy computing history and getting into the nitty gritty of how many of the worlds most popular software innovations came to be.
I would also recommend it to people who are not technical so that they can understand the mindset and psychology of hackers better. The distinction between the styles of serious business computing and passionate, obsessive, creative and innovative hacking pushing the boundaries is also made very clear in the book. That distinction still exists today, even though the flagship of modern hacking GNU/Linux is becoming more and more of a business commodity rather than a risky playground for trying out really groundbreaking ideas. I also recommend the book to programmers, hackers and technical managers so that they know more about the past of their field. The roads taken and the roads not takes.
I must admit that I learned much more about the history of Homebrew Computer Club and game hacking from this book, wish it contained more stories about Commodore, ZX Spectrum and Amiga.
So grab some Chinese food, set up your hacking environment, put this book on your desk and give it a go! :)
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An interesting and exciting book.