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The Jargon File, Version 4.2.2, 20 Aug 2000, is fully deserving of its reputation as the quintessential hacker's lexicon. Compiled by a group of diverse contributors known as "Various", this updated edition encompasses the hacking subculture's significant transformations and emerging jargon up until the turn of the millennium.

One remarkable feature of this book is its encyclopedic nature. The Jargon File serves as a comprehensive compendium, covering an extensive range of technical terms, slang, abbreviations, and hacker folklore. Its thoroughness and granularity make it an indispensable resource for both novices seeking to immerse themselves in hacker linguistics, as well as experienced hackers looking to broaden their knowledge.

Moreover, The Jargon File expertly combines technical knowledge with linguistic flair. While the book delves into intricate technical concepts, it does so with an exceptional sense of wit and humor. It manages to entertain and educate simultaneously, demystifying intricate ideas through engaging narratives and vivid anecdotes. This unique blend of technical prowess and storytelling makes reading the entries an enjoyable experience.

Apart from catering to the hacker community, The Jargon File also offers invaluable insights into the rich history and ethos of hacking. The entries are not limited to technical terminology but branch out into discussions covering hacker ethics, hacker culture, and even the geopolitical influences on the hacking subculture. Consequently, the book provides readers with a multi-dimensional perspective, allowing them to appreciate hacking as a social and cultural phenomenon.

One possible caveat of Version 4.2.2 is that, due to its publication in 2000, it does not capture the subsequent advancements and developments in the world of hacking. Although it remains an invaluable resource up until that point, readers seeking the most up-to-date information may find it necessary to supplement this text with more recent references.

In conclusion, The Jargon File, Version 4.2.2, 20 Aug 2000 offers a remarkable journey into the world of hacking, its language, and its cultural intricacies. Its encyclopedic scope, combined with an engaging writing style, makes it an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the hacker subculture. Despite its limitations regarding more recent developments, this book stands as a testament to the hacker ethos and serves as a foundation for understanding the language and culture that has become synonymous with contemporary hacking.

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This is the Jargon File, a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor. This document (the Jargon File) is in the public domain, to be freely used, shared, and modified. There are (by intention) no legal restraints on what you can do with it, but there are traditions about its proper use to which many hackers are quite strongly attached. Please extend the courtesy of proper citation when you quote the File, ideally with a version number, as it will change and grow over time. (Examples of appropriate citation form: "Jargon File 4.2.2" or "The on line hacker Jargon File, version 4.2.2, 20 AUG 2000".) The Jargon File is a common heritage of the hacker culture. Over the years a number of individuals have volunteered considerable time to maintaining the File and been recognized by the net at large as editors of it. Editorial responsibilities include: to collate contributions and suggestions from others; to seek out corroborating information; to cross reference related entries; to keep the file in a consistent format; and to announce and distribute updated versions periodically. Current volunteer editors include: Eric Raymond [5] Although there is no requirement that you do so, it is considered good form to check with an editor before quoting the File in a published work or commercial product... Continue reading book >>

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