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LinuxWorld: Richard Stallman on freedom and the GNU GPL

Nov 04, 1999, 20:22 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard M. Stallman)

"In his article on free software licensing, "Reverse-engineering the GNU Public Virus,"...Stig Hackvan seems to have filtered the facts through his political views: that the Free Software movement is "extreme" and impractical. I hope that readers will take his description of the Free Software movement, its views, and, above all, its practical methods, with several spoons of salt."

"He begins by berating me for using the word free to refer to freedom:"

"The word free denotes gratis (as in "free beer") far more readily than it denotes liberty (as in "free speech"). But Stallman confounds the matter by insisting that he's talking about free speech and then asserts that free software is a matter of liberty, not price."

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