Open source software advocate, author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar


Eric S. Raymond - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Eric Steven Raymond (born December 4, 1957), often referred to as ESR, is the author of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" and the present maintainer of the "Jargon File" (also known as "The New Hacker's Dictionary"). Though the Jargon File established his original reputation as a historian/anthropologist of the hacker culture, after 1997 he became a leading figure in the open source movement, and is today one of its most famous (and controversial) characters. ..."

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Eric Raymond - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government


Cisco provides a lesson, 5 Jul 2012
Examines Cisco's agreement for upgrading their router firmware and its implications regarding internet freedom
"The power relationship remains dangerously asymmetrical; the closed source remains their instrument of control over you. This is why you should demand open source in your router, open source in your operating system, and open source in any application software that is important to your life. Because if you don't own it, it will surely own you. This is also why people who make excuses for or actively advocate closed-source OSs and network software ... are enemies of liberty - enablers and accomplices before the fact in vendor schemes to spy on you, control you, and imprison you."
On Socially Responsible Programming, 2 Oct 1999
Speech prepared by and given on Eric's behalf upon receipt of the Norbert Weiner Award from the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
"If we want to be socially responsible programmers, our first duty is to defend and expand liberty — to defend, in particular, the individual freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Bearing in mind the First Amendment, no socially responsible programmer should cooperate with or assist any government program which censors or interdicts free speech."


LWN: Eric Raymond interview, by Eric S. Raymond, Maya Tamiya,, 10 Dec 2000
"... it's been true, at least for me, that every time I have concentrated on what I really loved, every time I have done what I really cared about, the money has come. Somehow. ... If you're good at thinking, you will tend to choose the fields where being able to think well is necessary. Mathematics and philosophy are like that."