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The Mercury News: An Ode to Pioneer of Free Software

Aug 01, 2002, 01:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

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"Stallman is a programmer, but not just any programmer. Probably more than anyone else, he created the foundation for a software genre--and a movement--that is one of the last buttresses against the monopolists who want to capture perfect control of the technology business and the money that flows through it.

"His creation became known as 'free software,' the notion that users of computers need and deserve the ability to freely use and modify the crucial programs that make these machines work. Proprietary software abridges those freedoms.

"Stallman's GNU project helped spark a Finnish college student, Linus Torvalds, to create a crucial piece, the crucial component, of what is now called the Linux operating system. Stallman calls it GNU/Linux. He has a point..."

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