Eric S. Raymond

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Eric S. Raymond (October 2004)

Eric Steven Raymond (born December 4, 1957 in Boston , Massachusetts ), also known as ESR , is an American author and software developer on the hacking and open source scene.


Raymond is responsible for many FAQs and Howtos , leads about 30 open source projects, writes books and is a blogger . He developed the C implementation of the INTERCAL programming language, temporarily looked after the mail transport program Fetchmail , worked on the GNU library ncurses and wrote a configuration tool called CML2 for the Linux kernel, which was unsuccessful due to negative feedback from the kernel hackers was granted. He is a co-founder of the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

Raymond wrote, among other things, the essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar (1997) ( The Cathedral and the Bazaar ), the book of the same name, as well as the essays Homesteading the Noosphere (about: occupation of the noosphere ), The Magic Cauldron ( The Magic Cauldron ) and Revenge of the hacker ( revenge of the hackers ), manages the online version of the New hacker's Dictionary ( jargon File ) and transferred the parable Standing on the shoulders of giants to the hacker culture . He caused a stir with the publication of internal Microsoft papers ( Halloween documents ) and thus further fueled the public competition between the Windows and Linux operating systems .

Since the late 1990s, Raymond has become one of the most famous and controversial figures in the open source movement. He is committed to the ideals of libertarianism and is a strong advocate of the right to gun ownership . He supports the Libertarian Party .

Eric Raymond made several appearances in the Linux documentation Revolution OS .

See also


  • The New Hacker's Dictionary. 3rd edition. MIT Press, Cambridge MA et al. 1996, ISBN 0-262-68092-0 , website .
  • The Cathedral & the Bazaar. Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary. Revised edition. O'Reilly & Associates, Beijing et al. 2001, ISBN 0-596-00108-8 .
    • Publication of the book in XML or PostScript format on his homepage (including translations)
  • The Art of UNIX Programming. Addison-Wesley Professional, Boston MA et al. 2003, ISBN 0-13-142901-9 ( Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series ), website and updated full text .

Web links

Commons : Eric S. Raymond  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b The enchanted cauldron. From the American by Reinhard Gantar. June 1999, archived from the original on March 15, 2016 ; accessed on June 4, 2016 .