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InformIT: Free Software Versus Open Source Software

Mar 19, 2007, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Chisnall)

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"In the early 1980s, Richard M. Stallman (RMS) was working at MIT's artificial intelligence lab. The lab had just bought a new printer from Xerox, and had a few problems with it. With the old printer, they would have been able to fix the driver code themselves, but the new printer didn't come with source code.

"This situation led RMS to found the Free Software Foundation (FSF), an organization dedicated to producing software that granted users four basic freedoms..."

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