Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
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|August 20 2006|
By Sam Williams, O'Reilly Media , March 2002
Interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. Looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have done little to throw Stallman off his pedestal.
In 1984, Richard Stallman launched the GNU Project for the purpose of developing a complete UNIX-like operating system that would allow for free software use. What he developed was the GNU operating system.
This biography traces the evolution of Stallman's eccentric genius from
gifted child to teen outcast to passionate crusader for free software.
To Stallman, free software is morally vital, and for the past two
decades he has devoted his life to eradicating proprietary source codes
from the world. Savvy programmers revere Stallman; Bill Gates reviles
him. Much of the fascination with Stallman lies in his messianic zeal,
which Williams, a freelance writer specializing in high-tech culture,
has attempted to capture here, drawing on a number of interviews with
the unconventional Stallman, his associates, fans, and critics. The
result is an esoteric and uneven work whose audience will likely be
limited to the army of programmers drawn to Stallman's worthy cause.
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