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Richard Stallman


Richard Stallman is the founder of the GNU project, launched in 1984 to develop the free operating system GNU (an acronym for "GNU's Not Unix"), and thereby give computer users the freedom that most of them have lost. GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either
large or small.

Today, Linux-based variants of the GNU system, based on the kernel Linux developed by Linus Torvalds, are in widespread use. There are estimated to be over 10 million users of GNU/Linux systems today.

Richard Stallman is the principal author of the GNU C Compiler, a portable optimizing compiler which was designed to support diverse architectures and multiple languages. The compiler now supports over 30 different architectures and 7 programming languages.

Stallman also wrote the GNU symbolic debugger (GDB), GNU Emacs, and various other GNU programs.

Stallman received the Grace Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for 1991 for his development of the first Emacs editor in the 1970s. In 1990 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and in 1996 an honorary
doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. In 1998
he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award along with
Linus Torvalds.

Links zu Richard Stallman:

GNU (GNU's Not Unix)
FSF (Free Software Foundation)

Holger M. Klein, Interview mit RMS: "Ich will Teil einer Gemeinschaft sein" Richard Stallman fordert seit 15 Jahren, daß Computerprogramme mehr sein sollen als ein Geschäft für ihre Hersteller. Das freie Betriebssystem Linux setzt sich durch, aber das genügt dem Visionär einer befreiten Gesellschaft noch lange nicht (taz Nr. 5891 vom 21.7.1999 Seite 17 Internet 286 Zeilen)

Richard Stallman, Europa muß vor Softwarepatenten bewahrt werden (Telepolis 03.06.99)

Stefan Krempl, Software muß frei sein! Interview mit Richard Stallman (Telepolis 19.05.99)
Deutsch same in English

Florian Rötzer, Stallman wird durch Preis geehrt. Widerstand gegen beabsichtigte EU-Software-Patentierung (Telepolis 18.05.99)

Robin Hohmann, Redakteur der "Network World2, Interview mit GNU-Gründer Richard Stallman (COMPUTERWOCHE Nr. 4 vom 29. Januar 1999)

Andrew Leonard, The Richard Stallman Saga, Redux. "The Saint of Free Software" Sparks Ne Debates About the Philosophy of the Open-Source Movement (Salonmagazine 9/1998)

Andrew Leonard, Maverick Richard Stallman Keeps the Faith -- and Gives Bill Gates the Finger (Salonmagazine 8/1998)

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