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[News] New Interview With Richard Stallman

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Q&A: Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project and the Free Software

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| Free software means software that respects users' freedom. More specifically 
| it means you as a user have these four essential freedoms: 
| 1) To run the program as you wish.
| 2) To study the source code and change it, and thus make the program
| do what you wish.
| 3) To redistribute exact copies when you wish – this is the freedom
| to help your neighbour.
| 4) To distribute copies of your modified versions when you wish – this is the 
| freedom to contribute to your community. 
| With these four freedoms, we users have control of our computing, both 
| individually and collectively. A free program develops democratically under 
| the control of its users, whereas a proprietary program develops under the 
| dictatorship of its owner and imposes that owner’s power on its users.   



My Interview With Richard Stallman.

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| 3. Is there any future at all for software that isn't free?
| That depends on you! Specifically, whether you value your freedom enough to
| reject proprietary software. If you want to live in freedom, that's the way.
| You need to escape from proprietary software that would take it away from
| you. The purpose of the Free Software Movement, the reason we developed GNU,
| is to make a place to escape to.    


Interview: How a hacker became a freedom fighter

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| One of the founding fathers of "free software" and an esteemed elder of the
| hacking community, Richard Stallman has made defending people's freedoms his
| life's work. That usually means supplying hackers with software and attacking
| copyright law. But as he tells Michael Reilly, his advocacy of personal  
| freedoms extends to the protection of true democracy and of the human rights
| increasingly being trampled on in the US and elsewhere    
| Is it true you used to live in your office?
| Yes it is. I lived there for half of the 1980s and most of the 1990s.
| What made you do that?
| It was convenient and cheap. To walk home to another place when I was sleepy
| was a very bad thing: first of all, if I was sleepy, it might take a couple
| of hours before I could get it together to put on my coat and my shoes and so
| on. And after that, walking home would wake me up, so when I got home I
| wouldn't go to sleep either. It was so much better to just be able to go to
| sleep where I was.    

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