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Boston Globe: Free Software vs. Goliaths

Nov 25, 2002, 20:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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"His speech completed, Eben Moglen retreated into the living room of MIT computer science professor Hal Abelson, uncapped a pen, and wrote out a check for $20,000.

"No doubt he can afford it. Law professors at Columbia University probably earn a pretty penny. Still, the money's going to the Free Software Foundation, the Cambridge nonprofit group that might be termed the Vatican of the open-source software movement. Moglen's been fighting the foundation's legal battles for years, free of charge. You'd think that would be enough of a contribution.

"Moglen didn't think so. He'd come to town to appeal for donations from concerned software geeks and couldn't pass the hat without putting in a few bucks of his own.

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