Eric S. Raymond
Eric Steven Raymond, programmer and author, was born in 1957 in Boston. He considers Unix — both as design and as culture — the best acomplishment in software development. He advocates for Open Source under a liberal perspective, as opposed to the moral approach of the Free Software initiative. He has developed and maintained many open source packages, including fetchmail.
He has written some successfull books:
In The Art of Unix Programming he describes Unix's philosophy.
His essay The Cathedral & the Bazaar considers the Open Source model as a better alternative to conventional commercial software development. O'Reilly, 2001, 256 pages. ISBN: 978-0-596-00108-7
His lexikon The New Hacker's Dictionary describes the hacker culture. MIT Press, 1996, 547 pages. ISBN: 978-0-262-68092-9
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