About Open Source
by Hakan Eskici
World is full of problems waiting to be solved. But it takes lots of effort;
solving problems, sharpening your skills, and exercising your intelligence.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Nobody should ever have to solve a
This is why the hackers use Internet to communicate, to discuss, to solve and to share.
Hacker is a person who has the technical ability in solving problems and overcoming limits.
Hacker is not a software-hacker, which is actuall called cracker;
hackers build things, crackers break them.
And you are not a hacker until someone else call you hacker.
There is a community, a shared culture, of expert programmers and networking wizards.
The members of this culture originated the term "hacker". Hackers built the Internet.
Hackers make the World Wide Web work.
"If you are part of this culture, if you have contributed to it and other people in it
know who you are and call you a hacker, you're a hacker."
What is OpenSource?
"The basic idea behind open source is very simple. When programmers on the Internet can read,
redistribute, and modify the source for a piece of software, it evolves. People improve it,
people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the
slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.
We in the open-source community have learned that this rapid evolutionary process produces
better software than the traditional closed model, in which only a very few programmers can see
source and everybody else must blindly use an opaque block of bits."
It's time to contribute!
Why OpenSource software?
The projects listed on this site are OpenSource. They were OpenSource. They evolved.
Many developers contributed to them, and many are still willing to. Get your place
in the OpenSource development world now. Let the others call you hacker.
More readings on OpenSource
The Open Source Definition
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Homesteading the Noosphere
The Magic Cauldron
A Brief History of Hackerdom
Parts adopted and derived from sources listed in OpenSource.org