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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. It examines Stallman's unique personality and how that personality has been at turns a driving force and a drawback in terms of the movement's overall success.Free as in Freedom examines one man's 20-year attempt to codify and communicate the ethics of 1970s era "hacking" culture in such a way that later generations might easily share and build upon the knowledge of their computing forebears. The book documents Stallman's personal evolution from teenage misfit to prescient adult hacker to political leader and examines how that evolution has shaped the free software movement. Like Alan Greenspan in the financial sector, Richard Stallman has assumed the role of tribal elder within the hacking community, a community that bills itself as anarchic and averse to central leadership or authority. How did this paradox come about? Free as in Freedom provides an answer. It also looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have diminished Stallman's leadership role in some areas while augmenting it in others.Finally, Free as in Freedom examines both Stallman and the free software movement from historical viewpoint. Will future generations see Stallman as a genius or crackpot? The answer to that question depends partly on which side of the free software debate the reader currently stands and partly upon the reader's own outlook for the future. 100 years from now, when terms such as "computer," "operating system" and perhaps even "software" itself seem hopelessly quaint, will Richard Stallman's particular vision of freedom still resonate, or will it have taken its place alongside other utopian concepts on the 'ash-heap of history?'

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"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. The book looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have done little to throw Stallman off his pedestal. If anything, they have made his logic-based rhetoric and immovable personality more persuasive.

About the Author

Sam Williams is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of O'Reilly's Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software. He has covered high-tech culture, specifically software development culture, for a number of Web sites. From 1998-2001, he wrote "Open Season," a weekly column on the open source software community for Upside Today. He also has conducted interviews for the Web site BeOpen.com. His first book, ARGUING A.I.: The Battle for Twenty-First Century Science, was published by Random House in January 2002. Free as in Freedom is his second book.

Table of Contents

; Preface; Comments and Questions; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: For Want of a Printer; 1.1 Endnote; Chapter 2: 2001: A Hacker's Odyssey; 2.1 Endnotes; Chapter 3: A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man; 3.1 Endnotes; Chapter 4: Impeach God; 4.1 Endnotes; Chapter 5: Small Puddle of Freedom; 5.1 Endnotes; Chapter 6: The Emacs Commune; 6.1 Endnotes; Chapter 7: A Stark Moral Choice; 7.1 Endnotes; Chapter 8: St. Ignucius; 8.1 Endnotes; Chapter 9: The GNU General Public License; 9.1 Endnotes; Chapter 10: GNU/Linux; 10.1 Endnotes; Chapter 11: Open Source; 11.1 Endnotes; Chapter 12: A Brief Journey Through Hacker Hell; 12.1 Endnote; Chapter 13: Continuing the Fight; 13.1 Endnote; Epilogue: Crushing Loneliness; Endnotes; Terminology; Hack, Hackers, and Hacking; GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL); 0. Preamble; 1. Applicability and Definitions; 2. Verbatim Copying; 3. Copying in Quantity; 4. Modifications; 5. Combining Documents; 6. Collections of Documents; 7. Aggregation with Independent Works; 8. Translation; 9. Termination; 10. Future Revisions of This License; ADDENDUM: How to Use This License for Your Documents; Colophon;

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596002879
Subtitle:
Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
Author:
Williams, Sam
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Location:
Sebastopol, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Computer software
Subject:
Computer programming
Subject:
Software
Subject:
Computer hackers
Subject:
Computer programmers
Subject:
GNU
Subject:
Open source software
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Open Source Movement
Subject:
Stallman, Richard
Subject:
Software engineering
Subject:
Computer software -- Development.
Subject:
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
Subject:
History;Richard Stallman;Software
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
133-01
Publication Date:
20020311
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.51 in

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Internet » Hackers
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Open Source

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"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. The book looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have done little to throw Stallman off his pedestal. If anything, they have made his logic-based rhetoric and immovable personality more persuasive.
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