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RMS: 1, Symbolics: 0

Aug 28, 2009, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"Symbolics probably doesn't mean much to you, but it should. It was the main reason that Richard Stallman started the GNU project.

"You can read the full story in Rebel Code - or, if by some mischance, you don't have the book to hand, in this speech by RMS. But to summarise an extremely complex tale, at first, Stallman fought Symbolics directly by matching their (proprietary) code with his own, which he gave to a rival; but later he realised that this was not really a sensible way of helping people to use and share software freely:"

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