Q&A with Richard Stallman
Aug 11, 2010, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
"Free software is a different beast from gratis software. Free
software activist, Richard Stallman, discusses the importance of
freedom across all modes of computing. The software developer and
political activist is best known for his creation during the early
1980's of the GNU Project, which combined with Linus Torvalds'
kernel programming efforts in the early 1990's to form what we
today refer to as the Linux operating system.
"Stallman also founded the associated Free Software Foundation
in the mid-1980's and is the original author of several popular
"Going back to 2005, there was a strong debate in Australia
about the potential for individuals and organisations to use the
GNU/Linux operating system as a desktop replacement for Microsoft's
Windows platform. The debate has gradually died down, although the
maturity of the GNU/Linux desktop and its degree of user
friendliness has increased."