Eric S. Raymond Biography, Age, Wife, Blog, Books And Net Worth

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Eric S. Raymond Biography

Eric Steven Raymond is an American software developer, open-source software advocate, and author of the 1997 essay and 1999 book The Cathedral and the Bazaar. He is often referred to as ESR. Eric wrote a guidebook for the Roguelike game NetHack. He edited and updated the Jargon File in the 1990s , currently in print as The New Hacker’s Dictionary.

Eric S. Raymond
Eric S. Raymond

Eric S Raymond Age

Eric was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 4, 1957.  He is 61 years old as of 2019.

Eric S Raymond Wife

Eric has never mentioned about his wife. He has kept his personal life away from public. Eric was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and lived in Venezuela as a child. In 1971 his family moved to Pennsylvania. He has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth; his weakened physical condition motivated him to go into computing. Eric describes himself as neo-pagan.

Eric S Raymond Blog

Eric has a piece of the Web. He maintains quite a lot of open-source software, FAQs, and HTML documents, so this site is rather complex. It’s mostly validated HTML and light on the graphics, though. You won’t have to wait an eon for any of the pages to load. If the software and FAQs he maintains are valuable to you (and especially if his software makes you money) you are allowed to leave him a tip at Patreon or SubscribeStar. If one want to link to, copy, mirror, or translate portions of his site, please read his copying policy.

Eric S Raymond Book

The New Hacker’s Dictionary (editor)
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
The Art of Unix Programming
Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition Cameron, Debra; Elliott, James; Loy, Marc; Raymond, Eric; Rosenblatt, Bill

Eric S Raymond Net Worth

Having lived his technology life in public, Eric isn’t going to let a sudden jump in his net worth, due to $36m (£22m) worth of VA Linux in his stock portfolio as result of the Linux hardware vendor’s IPO in December 1999, change his ways.

Like many instant millionaires before him, Eric claimed the money won’t change him much. There may be a cell phone, cable broadband “so I can surf at smokin’ speed” a new flute and “maybe a nice hot-rodded match-grade .45 semi for tactical shooting.” Eric is an unabashed gun enthusiast and National Rifle Association supporter, for reasons he explains on his personal Web site.

Eric S Raymond Python

Eric’s first book  look at Python was an accident, and I didn’t much like what I saw at the time. It was early 1997, and Mark Lutz’s book Programming Python from O’Reilly & Associates had recently come out. O’Reilly books occasionally land on my doorstep, selected from among the new releases by some mysterious benefactor inside the organization using a random process I’ve given up trying to understand.

Eric S Raymond Career

Currently Eric is the administrator of the project page for the Global Positioning System data tool gpsd. Also, some versions of NetHack include his guide. He has also contributed code and content to the free software video game The Battle for Wesnoth.

Between 1980 and 1985 Eric began his programming career writing proprietary software. Noting that the Jargon File in 1990 had not been maintained since about 1983, he adopted it; currently he has a third edition in print. Paul Dourish maintains an archived original version of the Jargon File, because, he says, Raymond’s updates “essentially destroyed what held it together.”

Eric took over development of the open-source email software “popclient”,in 1996 renaming it to Fetchmail.Soon after this experience, in 1997, he wrote the essay “The Cathedral and the Bazaar”, detailing his thoughts on open-source software development and why it should be done as openly as possible (the “bazaar” approach). The essay was based in part on his experience in developing Fetchmail. On May 27, 1997 Eric first presented his thesis at the annual Linux Kongress . Later he expanded the essay into a book, The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary, in 1999. The essay has been widely cited. The internal white paper by Frank Hecker that led to the release of the Mozilla (then Netscape) source code in 1998 cited The Cathedral and the Bazaar as “independent validation” of ideas proposed by Eric Hahn and Jamie Zawinski. Hahn would later describe the 1999 book as “clearly influential”. :190

From the late 1990s onward, due in part to the popularity of his essay, Eric became a prominent voice in the open source movement. In 1998 Eric  co-founded the Open Source Initiative , taking on the self-appointed role of ambassador of open source to the press, business and public. He remains active in OSI, and stepped down as president of the initiative in February 2005. Eric received and published a Microsoft document expressing worry about the quality of rival open-source software in 1998 .  He named this document, together with others subsequently leaked, “the Halloween Documents”.

He created Configuration Menu Language 2 (CML2)in 2000–2002 , a source code configuration system; while originally intended for the Linux operating system, it was rejected by kernel developers. Eric attributed this rejection to “kernel list politics”.  Linus Torvalds on the other hand said in a 2007 mailing list post that as a matter of policy, the development team preferred more incremental changes. His 2003 book The Art of Unix Programming discusses user tools for programming and other tasks.

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