Richard Stallman, Software Engineer

New UNIX implementation: Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and give it away free to everyone who can use it. Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly needed.

Richard Stallman, Initial GNU Announcement, September 1983

The impulse to share code is about friendship but friendship at a much lower level.

Richard Stallman

Internet Resources

Today, when it already seems almost anachronistic to talk about the free-software 'movement,' Stallman's concerns about the corporate mandate to make information proprietary put him squarely in the middle of the digital era's most simmering hot spots.
Andrew Leonard,
The text content of this website is identical to the text content of the O'Reilly book available in bookstores. Although it doesn't contain the photographs, fonts and cover artwork of the original book, it is free, both in terms of price and use.
Sam Williams
'I've never been able to work out detailed plans of what the future was going to be like,' says Stallman, offering his own premature epitaph. 'I just said 'I'm going to fight. Who knows where I'll get?'
Sam Williams
For the most part, the WWW runs on software whose availability is the result of work by Richard. Without Richard, none of this would have happened.
Bob Trower
His vision of free software and social co-operation stands in stark contrast to the isolated nature of his private life. Stallman considers himself afflicted by autism, a condition that, he says, makes it difficult for him to interact with people.
Nikolai Bezroukov
Stallman, an American, believes that it is immoral to copyright software, and that every program a computer needs to run should be free. He has spent 15 years trying to fulfill this vision, and this has made him one of the most influential programmers.
Andrew Brown
The largest part of the site is the political notes, and they are typically updated every day. Please also look at the Urgent action notes, and occasionally at the Long-term action notes.
Richard Stallman

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