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The Free Software Foundation’s role in promoting software freedom

In October of 1985, soon after starting work on the GNU Project (in January of 1984) to create a complete, free operating system, the project’s founder, Richard Stallman founded another organization to assist in his efforts to promote free software — the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

According to it’s Articles of Organization, filed with the state of Massachusetts, the non-profit organization’s purpose is threefold:

To encourage, foster, and promote “the free exchange of computer software and information related to computers and other technology.”
To disseminate “software and information related to computers and other technology.”
To increase “the public’s access to computers and other high technology devices”