The Jargon File Glossary

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This glossary has been prepared from the DocBook master file of The on-line hacker Jargon File, version 4.4.7, (downloaded on the 16th June 2010).

This reference contains only the part II. - The Jargon Lexicon - of the whole text, which is available at

The Jargon File is in the public domain, to be freely used, shared, and modified.

From the book introduction:

This document is a collection of slang terms used by various subcultures of computer hackers. Though some technical material is included for background and flavor, it is not a technical dictionary; what we describe here is the language hackers use among themselves for fun, social communication, and technical debate.

1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. .....

8. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. Hence password hacker,network hacker. The correct term for this sense is cracker.

Prepared by: Miloslav Nic (Mila)

The Jargon File Glossary

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