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[News] New Richard Stallman Interview from India

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Interview with Richard M. Stallman, founder, Free Software Foundation.

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| RICHARD MATTHEW STALLMAN has visited India several times during the past 
| eight years or so and given lectures in many parts of the country. He started 
| the GNU (a recursive acronym for GNU’s Not Unix) project in September 1983 to 
| create software that gives users the freedom to use, share, modify and 
| redistribute. Though he was alone in this task at the beginning, today there 
| are tens of thousands of programmers worldwide helping to create such 
| software.      



Fair Dreams

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| Q 14. Lastly, sir do you have any message for our readers?
| Stallman: If you want to keep your freedom, you must be prepared occasionally
| to make sacrifices to defend it.
| We in the free software movement constantly work to make it easier for
| computer users to keep their freedom. But we have not yet made it 100%
| painless. Thus, using free software occasionally requires an
| inconvenience. Those are the sacrifices needed in our field to maintain our
| freedom.


Leader in free software movement speaks at UdeM

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| To Stallman, the fact it's illegal to copy, modify or give away much of
| today's computer software is an assault on people's fundamental rights and
| freedoms.
| But he knows it's all there, written down, saying that people can't do it. So
| for almost 25-years, it's this fine print he's been fighting.
| "It's never good to break an agreement," said Stallman before getting too far
| into his public lecture at l'Université de Moncton yesterday. He quickly
| added that should it ever have to come down to the option of giving copied
| software away to a friend or staying true to such an agreement, the lesser of
| the two evils would be to go with giving it away.
| "Sharing with your neighbour is the right thing to do," he said.



Stallman: "we still have a fight on our hands"

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| While Linux Torvalds gets most of the plaudits nowadays for the Linux kernel,
| it was Stallman who originally posted plans for a new, and free, operating
| system. Free had nothing to do with the cost of the operating system, but
| with the implicit rights of those who were using the software to do with it
| exactly as they pleased. "I launched the development of the GNU operating
| system back in 1983 specifically to make it possible to use a computer
| without ceding these freedoms and accepting the dominion of the software's
| developers," he told us.


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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