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Curt Sampson


While we've not for a long time seen something out of Apple as hacker-friendly as the Apple II (the Apple II Reference Manual, with its complete set of schematics and commented source for the ROM is one of my favourite books of all time), clearly there are, or have been until recently, serious hackers at Apple. I wouldn't have minded at all myself working on the original Mac project, and the switch to BSD Unix as the base of MacOS X is without question something driven by hackers, even if they don't give the sort of access to it hackers outside of Apple would like.

I'll admit that for those of us who purchase or write software for Apple products things have changed, and not in a good way, but I think that internally, at least up until recently, the hacker culture is or was still there inside Apple.

How things will go from here we'll see.

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