Boston Globe: Free Software vs. Goliaths
Nov 25, 2002, 20:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)
[ Thanks to Jonathan
M. Prigot for this link. ]
"His speech completed, Eben Moglen retreated into the living
room of MIT computer science professor Hal Abelson, uncapped a pen,
and wrote out a check for $20,000.
"No doubt he can afford it. Law professors at Columbia
University probably earn a pretty penny. Still, the money's going
to the Free Software Foundation, the Cambridge nonprofit group that
might be termed the Vatican of the open-source software movement.
Moglen's been fighting the foundation's legal battles for years,
free of charge. You'd think that would be enough of a
"Moglen didn't think so. He'd come to town to appeal for
donations from concerned software geeks and couldn't pass the hat
without putting in a few bucks of his own.