Free as in Freedom (2.0): Richard Stallman and the Free Software Revolution
Sam Williams
Computers & Technology
Free as in Freedom (2.0): Richard Stallman and the Free Software Revolution

In 2002, Sam Williams wrote Free as in Freedom, a biography of Richard M. Stallman. In its epilogue, Williams expressed hope that choosing to distribute his book under the GNU Free Documentation License would enable and encourage others to share corrections and their own perspectives through modifications to his work.

Free as in Freedom (2.0) is Stallman's revision of the original biography. While preserving Williams's viewpoint, it includes factual corrections and extensive new commentary by Stallman, as well as new prefaces by both authors written for the occasion. It is a rare kind of biography, where the reader has the benefit of both the biographer's original words and the subject's response.

Print and signed copies, and TeX source are available from the Free Software Foundation.

(endnotes currently missing in epub/mobi versions)

Chapter 1 Foreword by Richard M. Stallman
Chapter 2 Preface by Sam Williams
Chapter 3 For Want of a Printer
Chapter 4 2001: A Hacker’s Odyssey
Chapter 5 A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man
Chapter 6 Impeach God
Chapter 7 Puddle of Freedom
Chapter 8 The Emacs Commune
Chapter 9 A Stark Moral Choice
Chapter 10 St. Ignucius
Chapter 11 The GNU General Public License
Chapter 12 GNU/Linux
Chapter 13 Open Source
Chapter 14 A Brief Journey through Hacker Hell
Chapter 15 Continuing the Fight
Chapter 16 Epilogue from Sam Williams: Crushing Loneliness
Chapter 17 Appendix A – Hack, Hackers, and Hacking
Chapter 18 Appendix B – GNU Free Documentation License
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