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Free as in freedom

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Free as in freedom

Free as in freedom

226 pages, parution le 19/08/2002


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 which Stallman has at turns defined, directed and manipulated with a Stalin-like flair, and the goal of the book is to document how Stallman's own personal evolution has done much to shape notions of what free software is and should be. 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 Richard's childhood and teenage experiences as well as his years at Harvard and MIT made him the man he is today. The book's narrative style includes many candid quotes (like any other type existed) from Richard and his Mother about his life, education, and work providing a entertaining, thought-provoking, and some frustrating look at RMS and Free Software Foundation (FSF). The author had the opportunity of numerous meetings with Stallman to uncover what's behind those piercing eyes.
Also, peppered throughout Free as in Freedom are insights from FSF supporters, detractors, the early MIT hackers, and those who knew him in high school and college. If anything, the current software marketplace has 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.


1. For Want of a Printer
2. 2001: A Hacker's Odyssey
3. A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man
4. Impeach God
5. Small Puddle of Freedom
6. The Emacs Commune
7. A Stark Moral Choice
8. St. Ignucius
9. The GNU General Public License
10. GNU/Linux
11. Open Source
12. A Brief Journey Through Hacker Hell
13. Continuing the Fight
Epilogue: Crushing Loneliness
A. Terminology
B. Hack, Hackers, and Hacking
C. GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL)

L'auteur Sam Williams

Sam Williams, journaliste américain, a mené de nombreuses interviews avec Richard Stallman pour réaliser une première version de cette biographie, revue et augmentée pour plus de moitié par ce dernier, en collaboration avec Christophe Masutti de l'équipe Framasoft.

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Éditeur(s) O'Reilly
Auteur(s) Sam Williams
Parution 19/08/2002
Nb. de pages 226
Format 14,5 x 22
Couverture Relié
Poids 498g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780596002879
ISBN13 978-0-596-00287-9
Sélection de Noël

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