Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Stallman's Four Freedoms Richard Stallman (founder of the Free Software Foundation) outlined his four freedoms for software at a recent speech at NYU.

- Freedom Zero is the freedom to run the program for any purpose, any way you like.
- Freedom One is the freedom to help yourself by changing the program to suit your needs.
- Freedom Two is the freedom to help your neighbor by distributing copies of the program.
- Freedom Three is the freedom to help build your community by publishing an improved version so others can get the benefit of your work.

Stallman went on to say that the first freedom was called freedom "zero" because it was pretty inconceivable that any program would not give you that. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the Microsoft is doing through their new liscensing product activiation scheme. Appalling.


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