dcsimg
October 19, 2018
Hot Topics:

Free Software Pioneer Richard Stallman Says That All Non-free Software Is Wrong

  • May 17, 2010
  • By Developer.com Staff

Mashable's Julie O'Dell interviewed open source legend Richard Stallman to discuss free software.

Stallman said that free software is software that is freely accessible, free to modify, free to share with others, and free to change and redistribute copies of the changed software.

As for non-free software, Stallman has no patience for it.

"Any non-free program is wrong. A non-free program gives the developer power over the users and that's not excusable so it's always wrong," he said.

Software should be free. What Stallman is talking about is free as in freedom - not free as in free beer Fridays.

"If it is a non-free program," Stallman said, "it attacks your freedom whether you pay for it or not."

He explained that, "Merely getting a chance to try it for 30 days is absurd. Why should you try it for even a second, if it's going to attack your freedom?"

And what about patents? Forget about it.

"Every patent is a monopoly on using a particular idea," he said that is antithetical to freedom as well.


View Article



Comment and Contribute

 


(Maximum characters: 1200). You have characters left.

 

 


Enterprise Development Update

Don't miss an article. Subscribe to our newsletter below.

By submitting your information, you agree that developer.com may send you developer offers via email, phone and text message, as well as email offers about other products and services that developer believes may be of interest to you. developer will process your information in accordance with the Quinstreet Privacy Policy.

Sitemap

Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date