Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays
This collection includes historical writings such as The GNU Manifesto, which defined and launched the activist Free Software Movement, along with new writings on hot topics in copyright, patent law, and the controversial issue of "trusted computing."
Stallman takes a critical look at common abuses of copyright law and
patents when applied to computer software programs, and
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Stallman is fanatical about his ideas -- and I'm pretty sure he would tell you that. And it is impossible to question the huge impact he has had on the ideological (and legal) aspects of software development. As the author of the original GPL (GNU Public License), he is rightly considered the father of both the Free Software Movement, and the mo ...more
This being a book of Stallman essays, there is much to agree with and much to disagree with. I agree that that sharing is good, that software is incr ...more
“Free Software, Free Society” is a collection of essays by Richard Stallman - author of eMacs, primary contributor to the GNU operating system project, and the outspoken founder of the “free software movement”. The book serves as primarily as an introduction to the free software movement, an enumeration of its tenets, and a defense of its principles. As an introduction to Stallman’s values, the book is decent; as a defense of those values, it fails spectacularly.
While you’ll leave with a ...more
A program is free software if the pr ...more
About the contents: these essays were written independently and not originally intended as part of any book, so some of the ideas explained here are necessarily reiterative, although I have to say that not as much as I had initially ...more
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