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Free as in freedom : Richard Stallman's crusade for free software

Author: Sam Williams
Publisher: Sebastopol, Calif. ; Farnham : O'Reilly, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why would Microsoft executives lie awake at night worrying about the antics of a long-haired, renegade hacker named Richard Stallman? Why do some of the smartest programmers on the planet revere this man as "St. Ignucius"? And how did a stubborn, precocious boy obsessed with creating the perfect model rocket grow up to play David to the software industry's Goliath?" "Free as in Freedom traces this eccentric  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Richard Stallman; Richard Stallman
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Williams
ISBN: 0596002874 9780596002879
OCLC Number: 49044520
Description: xii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: For want of a printer --
2001 : a hacker's odyssey --
A portrait of the hacker as a young man --
Impeach God --
Small puddle of freedom --
The Emacs Commune --
A stark moral choice --
St. Ignucius --
The GNU general public license --
GNU/Linux --
Open source --
A brief journey through hacker hell --
Continuing the fight --
Epilogue : crushing loneliness.
Responsibility: Sam Williams.
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"Why would Microsoft executives lie awake at night worrying about the antics of a long-haired, renegade hacker named Richard Stallman? Why do some of the smartest programmers on the planet revere this man as "St. Ignucius"? And how did a stubborn, precocious boy obsessed with creating the perfect model rocket grow up to play David to the software industry's Goliath?" "Free as in Freedom traces this eccentric genius's evolution from gifted, solitary child to teen outcast to revered and reviled crusader. Through extensive interviews with Stallman, his family, fellow hackers, and tech-industry heavyweights, author Sam Williams crafts a portrait of a freedom fighter who has, in fact, changed the world."--Jacket.

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