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Free as in Freedom

Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software.

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Author: Sam Williams
Published: 2002
Language: English
Wordcount: 73,533 / 233 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 6,306 7519
License: ©

copyright (c) 2002 Sam Williams. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

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red up a major gap in its software infrastructure. Stallman even added a few features not found in the original Harvard program, making the program even more useful. "We wound up using it for several years," Stallman says.

From the perspective of a 1970s-era programmer, the transaction was the software equivalent of a neighbor stopping by to borrow a power tool or a cup of sugar from a neighbor. The only difference was that in borrowing a copy of the software for the AI Lab, Stallman had done nothing to deprive Harvard hackers the use of their original program. If anything, Harvard hackers gained in the process, because Stallman had introduced his own additional features to the program, features that hackers at Harvard were perfectly free to borrow in return. Although nobody at Harvard ever came over to borrow the program back, Stallman does recall a programmer at the private engineering firm, Bolt, Beranek & Newman, borrowing the program and adding a few additional features, which Stallman eventua

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Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****



Been searching for long time for this book. Thanks.

Abdul Cadir

I hope it was good research experience for the Author, he has handle very exelent prectical knowledge in linux,

thank you



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