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 make its subtlety and power clear. The essays span a wide range, from copyright to the history of the free software movement. They include many arguments not well known, and among these, an especially insightful account of the changed circumstances that render copyright in the digital world suspect. They will serve as a resource for those who seek to understand the thought of this most powerful man--powerful in his ideas, his passion, and his integrity, even if powerless in every other way. They will inspire other who would take these ideas, and build upon them

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Partially autobiographic; partially visionary. This point of view by one of founders of Free culture movement, Richard Stallman, describes how since middle of 1980s was incubated the kidnapping of knowledge by many corporations. But at the same time, as also incubated collaborative working practices, many software "libre" tools, and licenses like GPL, for to keep free the knowledge.
With an excellent introduction made by Lawrence Lessing, this is an incunable book from the free culture, than describes the difficulties and challenges they weather the men and women to start the free culture movement and as one of them, RMS, led the way.

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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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