LinuxWorld: Richard Stallman on freedom and the GNU GPL

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

“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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