"He's been called "intransigent" and an "arch-ideologue",
even by his friends, but when it comes to clarity of vision, few
hackers can compete with GNU Project founder Richard
"Most people that I know are seriously alienated by Richard's
politics and by his uncompromising attitude," wrote Chris Hanson, a
former MIT colleague in an email response to a 1998 Salon profile.
"But he has a knack for getting to the heart of things, and once
you understand where he's coming from, the things he does make
"As founder of both the GNU project and the Free Software
Foundation, Stallman has pursued his vision, the once-radical
notion that software should be free to copy and improve, for nearly
two decades now."
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