Hackers Hall of Fame

Read about 15 of the most famous hackers.

Richard Stallman
Handle: None (nothing to hide!)

Claim to fame: A hacker of the old school, Stallman walked in off the street and got a job at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1971. He was an undergraduate at Harvard at the time. Disturbed that software was viewed as private property, Stallman later founded the Free Software Foundation.

First encountered a computer: In 1969, at the IBM New York Scientific Center. He was 16 years old.

Unusual tools: In the 1980s Stallman left MIT's payroll but continued to work from an office at MIT. Here he created a new operating system called GNU short for GNU's Not Unix.

Little-known fact: Recipient of a $240,000 MacArthur Foundation genius grant.

Current status: Richard Stallman has just published his latest book, Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman, available through GNU Press. TLC :: Hackers: Hackers' Hall of Fame via digg

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 4th January 2006 12:10AM