Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman

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Free Software Foundation, Dec 30, 2010 - Computers - 266 pages
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"This book collects the writing of Richard Stallman in a manner that will makeits subtlety and power clear. The essays span a wide range, from copyright tothe history of the free software movement. They include many arguments notwell known, and among these, an especially insightful account of the changedcircumstances that render copyright in the digital world suspect. They will serveas a resource for those who seek to understand the thought of this most powerfulman-powerful in his ideas, his passion, and his integrity, even if powerless inevery other way. They will inspire others who would take these ideas, and buildupon them."---Lawrence Lessig

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While I cannot agree with his recommendation of a "software development tax" where the government could potentially pay the salary of free software developers, everything esle in here is fantastic ... Read full review

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I picked this up to try to get myself up to speed on the 4 freedoms: *Freedom to run *Freedom to modify *Freedom to share *Freedom to make modifications and share with the community His opinion that ... Read full review

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Richard M. Stallman is an internationally recognized computerprogrammer, political activist, and author. In 1983 he founded thefree software movement---an organized effort to protect computerusers' freedom---by launching the GNU Project, which seeks to puttogether a body of software sufficient to end users' dependence onproprietary software. He coined the term "copyleft" and is the mainauthor of several copyleft licenses, including the most widely usedfree software license, the GNU General Public License, whichguarantees the four freedoms to all users of software placed under it:the freedom to run, study, modify, and redistribute the program. TheGNU/Linux System (basically the GNU operating system with the kernelLinux added) is today used on tens of millions of computers.Stallman is the recipient of numerous awards, including the ACM GraceHopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the ElectronicFrontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Socialand Economic Well-Being.

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