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The Guardian: Free but not easy (Richard Stallman interview)

Apr 28, 2000, 11:45 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Schofield)

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"What is the free software movement trying to achieve?"

"All published software should be free software. Everyone should have the freedom to study it, to change it, and to redistribute it. The outcome depends on many people: it's up to the public to choose freedom or not."

"Has the movement become too much of a success, in that people are using free software for the wrong reasons?"

"That's not too much of a success, that's a much more specific problem: people forgetting the goal of the movement, the goal of freedom, and being sidetracked into merely practical considerations. That could lead to total failure because nobody will hold on to freedom except by valuing it."

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