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Free As In Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
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Description: Free as in Freedom interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. Starting with how it all began--a desire for software code from Xerox to make the printing more efficient--to the continuing quest for free software that exists today. It is a movement that Stallman has at turns defined, directed and manipulated. Like Alan Greenspan in the financial sector, Stallman has assumed the role of tribal elder in a community that bills itself as anarchic and immune to central authority. Free as in Freedom looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have done little to throw Stallman off his pedestal. Discover how the Richard's childhood and teenage experiences made him the man he is today. If anything, they have made Stallman's logic-based rhetoric and immovable personality more persuasive. In a rapidly changing world people need a fixed reference point, and Stallman has become that reference point for many in the software world.
Keywords: O'Reily Free Stallman FSF GPL
Publisher: O'Reily
ISBN: 0-596-00287-4

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Old 02-18-2004, 01:52 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Fedora 7
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: The book is a must read for every Linux user.
Cons: It becomes too vague at times.

I'd say that everyone who has ever used Linux should read this book. Doesn't matter if you are a professional or a novice user.

One should always remember that Linux would not be what it is had it not been for the GPL, and we have RMS to thank for that.

You can also contribute to this book. As this book is released under the GFDL, they are accepting patches just like we would with any free software program. Accepted changes will be posted electronically and will eventually be incorporated into future printed versions of this work.

You can read the book here



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