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Groklaw: The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin, Ch. 24

Jun 12, 2006, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter H. Salus)

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"Richard Stallman wrote The GNU Manifesto in 1984. As I said in Chapter 12, 'it marks the true beginning of the GNU Project.' One part of the Manifesto, 'Why I must write GNU,' has been a 'favorite' of mine for over twenty years. Let me quote it again.

"I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program I must share it with other people who like it. Software sellers want to divide the users and conquer them, making each user agree not to share with others. I refuse to break solidarity with other users in this way. I cannot in good conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license agreement. For years I worked within the Artificial Intelligence Lab to resist such tendencies and other inhospitalities, but eventually they had gone too far. I could not remain in an institution where such things are done for me against my will..."

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