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Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    Informative, but not convincing

    I should say that I read this book as a sceptic, not as a follower of the GNU movement. I was not sure why anyone would spend all that time writing software, sell it with its source code, and give all takers the right to modify it (or not) and then sell it themselves. This didn't make sense to me, and I was hoping reading this book would enlighten me, but I was disappointed. Not in the book itself, mind you, for it is reasonably well-written and presents the GNU project's philosophy and Richard Stallman's genius cleary and interestingly (at least to those in the software biz, thought I doubt this would be of interest to people outside of the industry). I just didn't come away convinced that the GNU project was the way to go. The author glosses over some very important points: it costs money to write software, letting other people resell your work (even if they've augmented it) rewards the wrong people, and that not all programmers are as altruistic as Stallman. Nonetheless, I did learn a lot about GNU/Linux and Stallman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    Great Read

    This book was a nice introduction to the life of Richard Stallman. If anyone is interested in the GNU or Free Software Foundation READ THIS BOOK! It brings to light the reason WHY Stallman HAD to create the FSF/GNU. I¿ve always liked what GNU was about, but after reading this book I think I have a better understanding of why something like this is necessary and needed. It was well written and a quick read, hats off to Sam Williams in starting this continuing project.

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