Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software

Williams, Sam
ISBN 0596002874
Date finished: 2002-09-06

A reasonably good biography of Richard Stallman, though of course it's still too early to assess Stallman's true impact. Technical details, such as the state of the Hurd, the glibc fork, and the history of Emacs, are sparse but accurate. I found the account of Stallman's childhood and early university years to be the most illuminating, showing just how clever he is; RMS's emphasis on ethics often obscures his technical contributions. Later events, such as the rise of Linux and the open source/free software divide, are also covered nicely, and RMS's eccentricities are presented (mostly) non-judgementally. Recommended; it would make a good complement to Moody's Rebel Code.

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