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Is it time for Free software to move on?

Nov 10, 2010, 01:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"A remarkable continuity underlies free software, going all the way back to Richard Stallman's first programs for his new GNU project. And yet within that continuity, there have been major shifts: are we due for another such leap?

"In the beginning, RMS (Richard Matthew Stallman) was focussed on creating a Unix-like system:

"To begin with, GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker, assembler, and a few other things. After this we will add a text formatter, a YACC, an Empire game, a spreadsheet, and hundreds of other things. We hope to supply, eventually, everything useful that normally comes with a Unix system, and anything else useful, including on-line and hard copy documentation."

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