Richard Stallman :

What they had in common was mainly love of excellence and programming. They wanted to make their programs that they used be as good as they could. They also wanted to make them do neat things. They wanted to be able to do something in a more exciting way than anyone believed possible and show. “Look how wonderful this is. I bet you didn’t believe this could be done.”


  • sharing
  • openness
  • collaboration
  • hands-on imperative


  • Access to computers-and anything that might teach you something about the way the world works-should be unlimited and total.
  • All information should be free.
  • Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position.
  • You can create art and beauty on a computer.
  • Computers can change your life for the better.