RTM also is a general industry term meaning a piece of software has been "Release(ed) to Manufacturing". The opposite of a beta product, something that has RTM'ed is now in the hands of the public. See also (RTW).



[Usenet: abbreviation for `Read The Manual'] 1. Politer variant of RTFM. 2. Robert Tappan Morris, perpetrator of the great Internet worm of 1988 (see Great Worm); villain to many, naive hacker gone wrong to a few. Morris claimed that the worm that brought the Internet to its knees was a benign experiment that got out of control as the result of a coding error. After the storm of negative publicity that followed this blunder, Morris's username on ITS was hacked from RTM to RTFM.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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