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  • Subject: [News] Richard Stallman Interview Covers Distributions
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Oct 2009 12:56:05 +0100
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Richard Stallman Speaks

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| The link below is for a live phone conversation I 
| had recently (October 3, 2009) while he was in 
| New Zealand.



Interview with Richard Stallman

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| Q: How effective do you think youâve been at creating change?
| A: I cannot impartially estimate my own capacity, so I cannot
| answer that question. What is clear is that we have at least gained
| a foothold for using computers in freedom, but that we are still
| far from our goal: that all software users should be free. At least
| the free software movement continues to grow.
| Q: What would you consider your most significant accomplishments as
| an activist?
| A: We have developed free operating systems, free graphical
| environments, free applications, free media players, free games â
| thousands of them. Some regions have adopted GNU/Linux for their
| public schools. Now we have to convince the rest of the world to do
| the same.


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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