The Cathedral & The Bazaar

The Cathedral & The Bazaar

  • Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
  • Eric S. Raymond
  • General Computing/Technology
  • Amazon.co.uk

I bought this book after watching the Revolution OS DVD last year, which obviously made me become more interested in the open source community. The book is a collection of essays that cover technologies like Linux, Apache and Perl. To be honest I didn’t get much out of it. I use open source software but I am not proficient enough in the main languages used to be able to change the code itself.

The term ‘hacker’ is used throughout which I always thought was someone who hacked into computer systems. Not so, that would be a ‘cracker’. A ‘hacker’ is someone who debugs, enhances and generally writes computer programs. The section on How to become a Hacker has this question and answer:

I’m having problems with my Windows software. Will you help me?

Yes. Go to a DOS prompt and type ‘format c:’. The problems you are experiencing will cease within a few minutes.Yes. Go to a DOS prompt and type ‘format c:’. The problems you are experiencing will cease within a few minutes.

Wise and sound advice.

  • Reviewed on Saturday, 09 December 2006
  • Tagged with book review