Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Free Trial for Free Software ( ISBN 0-596-00287-4 ) is a free book licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License about the life of Richard Stallman , written by Sam Williams and published by O’Reilly Media On March 1, 2002.

Williams conducted several interviews with Stallman during the writing of the book, as well as with classmates, colleagues of Stallman, and his mother. The book has received positive reviews.

Structure

The book is divided into a preface, thirteen chapters, an epilogue, three appendices and an index. A copy of the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) is included as appendix c. [1]

License

Free as in Freedom was published under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.1, which allows modification and redistribution of the text, photographs contained therein, as well as the cover: its texts, photograph and elements of design. [2]

Writing

Williams HAS written an item [3] about the process of writing FABI , recording the license negotiations That led to this being white book published under a free license. OnLamp also interviewed Williams in 2002 about the writing process. [4]

Standing on the shoulders of giants

In the book, Bob Young of Red Hat supports the free software movement by saying that it allows people to stand on the shoulders of giants . He also says that standing on the shoulders of giants is the opposite of reinventing the wheel . [5]

An excerpt from the book:

“In the western scientific tradition we stand on the shoulders of giants,” says Young, echoing both Torvalds and Sir Isaac Newton before him. “In business, the translator does not have the ability to rely on any kind of software.” Modem-dialer, modem-dialer, modem-dialer, modem dialer, modem dialer download Suddenly you have the ability to reuse the best of what went before.

Another excerpt from the book:

Integrating GCC improved the performance of Linux. It also raised issues. Although the GPL’s “viral” powers did not apply to the Linux kernel, Torvald’s willingness to borrow GCC for the purposes of its own free software operating system. As Torvalds would later put it: “I had hoisted me up on the shoulders of giants.” Not surprisingly, he began to think about what would happen when other people looked at him for similar support. [6]

Reception

Andrew Leonard in Salon, The Stallman and the Williams reveals the amount of material already published. He describes the book as a “nuanced, detailed picture of Stallman”. [7] In Computer User , Jende Huang referred to the book as “straightforward” and wrote, “the juxtaposition of Stallman’s public and private personae is the key to the book’s appeal.” He summarized that the book is “a worthwhile read for its chronicle of an important part of the free software movement, as well as its insight into Stallman as a person.” [8] In Italian VITA , Bernardo Parrella describes his “greatest merit” to be its ” On the issues at stake for Free Software and the computer industry as a whole, and its interweaving of Stallman’s personal life and complex technical developments to be “gripping”. He is the author of a book on the life of a child. [9] In a review for Sys-Con, Mike McCallister describes the book as an “easy introduction to Stallman’s career and ideas, but this can not go into great depth.” He mentions one section as “very funny”, goal “all too-brief” coverage of another topic, or none at all ( GNOME ). [10] On the issues at stake for Free Software and the computer industry as a whole, and its interweaving of Stallman’s personal life and complex technical developments to be “gripping”. He is the author of a book on the life of a child. [9] In a review for Sys-Con, Mike McCallister describes the book as an “easy introduction to Stallman’s career and ideas, but this can not go into great depth.” He mentions one section as “very funny”, goal “all too-brief” coverage of another topic, or none at all ( GNOME ). [10] S personal life and complex technical developments to be “gripping”. He is the author of a book on the life of a child. [9] In a review for Sys-Con, Mike McCallister describes the book as an “easy introduction to Stallman’s career and ideas, but this can not go into great depth.” He mentions one section as “very funny”, goal “all too-brief” coverage of another topic, or none at all ( GNOME ). [10] S personal life and complex technical developments to be “gripping”. He is the author of a book on the life of a child. [9] In a review for Sys-Con, Mike McCallister describes the book as an “easy introduction to Stallman’s career and ideas, but this can not go into great depth.” He mentions one section as “very funny”, goal “all too-brief” coverage of another topic, or none at all ( GNOME ). [10] And underestimated. [9] In a review for Sys-Con, Mike McCallister describes the book as an “easy introduction to Stallman’s career and ideas, but this can not go into great depth.” He mentions one section as “very funny”, goal “all too-brief” coverage of another topic, or none at all ( GNOME ). [10] And underestimated. [9] In a review for Sys-Con, Mike McCallister describes the book as an “easy introduction to Stallman’s career and ideas, but this can not go into great depth.” He mentions one section as “very funny”, goal “all too-brief” coverage of another topic, or none at all ( GNOME ). [10]

Free as in Freedom 2.0

After reading Free as in Freedom in 2009, Richard Stallman made extensive revisions and annotations to the original text. As the book was published under the GFDL, it enabled Stallman to address factual errors and clarify some of the Williams’ mistaken or incoherent statements, bringing in his first-hand experiences and technical expertise where appropriate. This new revised edition Free as in Freedom 2.0 Was published by GNU Press in October 2010 [11] and FSF is available at online shop and as a free PDF download . Sam Williams wrote a new foreword for the revised edition.

See also

  • Free software portal
  • Free software

References

  1. Jump up^ Williams, Sam (2002). Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade For Free Software . O’Reilly. pp. Table of Contents (vii). ISBN  0-596-00287-4 .
  2. Jump up^ Williams, Sam (2002). Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade For Free Software . O’Reilly. pp. Copyright. ISBN  0-596-00287-4 .
  3. Jump up^ Williams, Sam (2002). “Chapter 14”. Free as in Freedom . O’Reilly Media . Retrieved 2009-05-07 .
  4. Jump up^ Stewart, Bruce (February 28, 2002). “How Will History View Richard Stallman – An interview with Sam Williams, author of Free as in Freedom ” . OnLamp.com . O’Reilly Media . Retrieved 2009-05-07 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Williams, Sam (2002). Free as in Freedom . O’Reilly Media. p. 151 . Retrieved 2010-04-15 .
  6. Jump up^ Williams, 2002 (print ed.) P. 138.
  7. Jump up^ Leonard, Andrew (April 2, 2002). “Code free or die” . Salon.com . Retrieved 2011-10-27 .
  8. Jump up^ Huang, Jende (June 2002). “Freedom fighter – Sam Williams’Free as in Freedom. ” . Computer User . Archived from the original on 2003-04-29 . Retrieved 2011-10-27 .
  9. Jump up^ Parrella, Bernardo (May 27, 2002). “VITA: Richard Stallman: professione rivoluzionario” . Vita.it (in Italian). Vita Società Editoriale SpA . Retrieved 2011-10-27 . (Trans.)
  10. Jump up^ McCallister, Mike (May 8, 2002). “A Profile of the Mad Prophet of Free Software” . Sys-Con.com . Ulitzer, Inc. . Retrieved 2011-10-27 .
  11. Jump up^ “Free Software, Free Society: Second Edition” . Oct 14, 2011.

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