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The term "hacker" refers to someone with a passion for some particular subject[1] who works hard to become knowledgeable and proficient. Hackers collaborate with each other, share their knowledge and recognise each others' contributions.

Some writers and journalists confuse the term with "cracker" - a person who attempts to break the security of systems and do damage. Real hackers disapprove of such practices. The distinction is clarified further here in How To Become A Hacker.


Notes and References

  1. Originally the term was associated with computer hardware and software enthusiasts but may be applied more broadly.
  2. Also online: Raymond, Eric Steven. "The Cathedral and the Bazaar". http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/index.html. Retrieved 18 January 2015.