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"A person doesn't devote his whole life to developing a new
form of freedom without some pre-existing beliefs that drive him to
do so. What drives you to spend so much time on software
First of all growing up in the US in the 1960s, I certainly was
exposed to ideas of freedom and then in the 1970s at MIT, I worked
as part of a community of programmers who cooperated and thought
about the ethical and social meaning of this cooperation.
"When that community died in the early eighties, and by contrast
with that, the world of proprietary software, which most computer
users at the time were participating in, was morally sickening. And
I decided that I was going to try to create once again a community
of cooperation. I realized that, what I could get out of a life of
participation in the competition to subjugate each other, which is
what non free software is, all I could get out of that was money
and I would have a life that I would hate..."