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[News] Richard Stallman's Mission Accomplished to a Degree

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Building on Richard Stallman's Greatest Achievement

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| What was Richard Stallman's greatest achievement? Some might say it's Emacs, 
| one of the most powerful and adaptable pieces of software ever written. 
| Others might plump for gcc, an indispensable tool used by probably millions 
| of hackers to write yet more free software. And then there is the entire GNU 
| project, astonishing in its ambition to create a Unix-like operating system 
| from scratch. But for me, his single most important hack was the creation of 
| the GNU General Public Licence.      
| The GNU GPL did several things. First, it provided a kind of written 
| constitution for free software, helping to define what exactly that meant, 
| and providing a benchmark against which it could be measured. Secondly, it 
| provided a legal framework for something quite new: an attempt to give users 
| rights, rather than take them away. And thirdly, it did that in a totally 
| radical way.     



And RMS Spake, and it Was Good

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| And it's also a red-letter day when he does, as with his latest missive: "The
| Javascript Trap".
| [...]
| He comes up with some interesting solutions:
|     we need to change free browsers to support freedom for users of pages
|     with Javascript. First of all, browsers should be able to tell the user
|     about nontrivial non-free Javascript programs, rather than running them.
|     Perhaps NoScript could be adapted to do this.
|     Browser users also need a convenient facility to specify Javascript code
|     to use instead of the Javascript in a certain page.
| RMS: where would we be without him?

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