Free as in Freedom (2.0): Richard Stallman and the Free Software Revolution

Free as in Freedom (2.0): Richard Stallman and the Free Software Revolution

By Sam Williams
Book Description

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)

Table of Contents
  • 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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