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By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Paying isn’t wrong, and being paid isn’t wrong. Trampling other people’s freedom and community is wrong, so the free software movement aims to put an end to it, at least in the area of software.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can. Injustice is happening now; suffering is happening now. We have choices to make now. To insist on absolute certainty before starting to apply ethics to life decisions is a way of choosing to be amoral.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I could have made money this way, and perhaps amused myself writing code. But I knew that at the end of my career, I would look back on years of building walls to divide people, and feel I had spent my life making the world a worse place.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Now that corporations dominate society and write the laws, each advance or change in technology is an opening for them to further restrict or mistreat its users.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

The most powerful programming language is Lisp. If you don't know Lisp (or its variant, Scheme), you don't appreciate what a powerful language is. Once you learn Lisp you will see what is missing in most other languages.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

You can use any editor you want, but remember that vi vi vi is the text editor of the beast.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

No person, no idea, and no religion deserves to be illegal to insult, not even the Church of Emacs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

So, make a real effort to avoid getting sucked into all the expensive lifestyle habits of typical Americans. Because if you do that, then people with the money will dictate what you do with your life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I figure that since proprietary software developers use copyright to stop us from sharing, we cooperators can use copyright to give other cooperators an advantage of their own: they can use our code.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

A commune is where people join together to share their lack of wealth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

Today many people are switching to free software for purely practical reasons. That is good, as far as it goes, but that isn't all we need to do! Attracting users to free software is not the whole job, just the first step.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

For personal reasons, I do not browse the web from my computer. (I also have not net connection much of the time.) To look at page I send mail to a demon which runs wget and mails the page back to me. It is very efficient use of my time, but it is slow in real time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. "Don't bother us with politics," respond those who don't want to learn.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I'm trying to change the way people approach knowledge and information in general. I think that to try to own knowledge, to try to control whether people are allowed to use it, or to try to stop other people from sharing it, is sabotage.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

People said I should accept the world. Bullshit! I don't accept the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I suppose many people will continue moving towards careless computing, because there's a sucker born every minute.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

In the free/libre software movement, we develop software that respects users' freedom, so we and you can escape from software that doesn't.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Because I don't believe that it's really desirable to have security on a computer, I shouldn't be willing to help uphold the security regime.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

The paradigm of competition is a race: by rewarding the winner, we encourage everyone to run faster. When capitalism really works this way, it does a good job; but its defenders are wrong in assuming it always works this way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

It doesn't take special talents to reproduce--even plants can do it. On the other hand, contributing to a program like Emacs takes real skill. That is really something to be proud of. It helps more people, too.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

The idea that laws decide what is right or wrong is mistaken in general. Laws are, at their best, an attempt to achieve justice; to say that laws define justice or ethical conduct is turning things upside down.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Control over the use of one's ideas really constitutes control over other people's lives; and it is usually used to make their lives more difficult.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

People get the government their behavior deserves. People deserve better than that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Laws that oppress people have no moral authority.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

We need to teach people to refuse to install non-free plug-ins; we need to teach people to care more about their long-term interest of freedom than their immediate desire to view a particular site.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

The desire to be rewarded for one's creativity does not justify depriving the world in general of all or part of that creativity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

I've read that male dolphins try to have sex with humans, and female apes solicit sex from humans. What is wrong with giving them what they want, if that's what turns you on, or even just to gratify them?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

A hacker is someone who enjoys playful cleverness—not necessarily with computers. The programmers in the old MIT free software community of the 60s and 70s referred to themselves as hackers. Around 1980, journalists who discovered the hacker community mistakenly took the term to mean “security breaker.”

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I consider that the Golden Rule requires that if I like a program I must share it with other people who like it. Software sellers want to divide the users and conquer them, making each user agree not to share with others. I refuse to break solidarity with other users in this way.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

The idea of copyright did not exist in ancient times, when authors frequently copied other authors at length in works of non-fiction. This practice was useful, and is the only way many authors' works have survived even in part.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

It is hard to write a simple definition of something as varied as hacking, but I think what these activities have in common is playfulness, cleverness, and exploration. Thus, hacking means exploring the limits of what is possible, in a spirit of playful cleverness. Activities that display playful cleverness have "hack value".

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Sharing is good, and with digital technology, sharing is easy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Odious ideas are not entitled to hide from criticism behind the human shield of their believers feelings.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Android is a major step towards an ethical, user-controlled, free-software portable phone, but there is a long way to go.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

You know, if you were *really* going to starve, you'd be justified in writing proprietary software.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

If in my lifetime the problem of non-free software is solved, I could perhaps relax and write software again. But I might instead try to help deal with the world's larger problems. Standing up to an evil system is exhilarating, and now I have a taste for it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I did write some code in Java once, but that was the island in Indonesia.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

My favorite programming languages are Lisp and C. However, since around 1992 I have worked mainly on free software activism, which means I am too busy to do much programming. Around 2008 I stopped doing programming projects.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Free software' is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of 'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer'.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Sharing knowledge is the most fundamental act of friendship. Because it is a way you can give something without loosing something.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

EMACS could not have been reached by a process of careful design, because such processes arrive only at goals which are visible at the outset, and whose desirability is established on the bottom line at the outset. Neither I nor anyone else visualized an extensible editor until I had made one, nor appreciated its value until he had experienced it. EMACS exists because I felt free to make individually useful small improvements on a path whose end was not in sight.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Playfully doing something difficult, whether useful or not, that is hacking.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far as society is free to use the results.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Every decision a person makes stems from the person's values and goals. People can have many different goals and values; fame, profit, love, survival, fun, and freedom, are just some of the goals that a good person might have. When the goal is to help others as well as oneself, we call that idealism. My work on free software is motivated by an idealistic goal: spreading freedom and cooperation. I want to encourage free software to spread, replacing proprietary software that forbids cooperation, and thus make our society better.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Our mailing lists (and their repeater newsgroups) are only for the purpose of promoting proprietary software.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

By the way, I hope you all know about the worldwide boycott of Coca Cola company for things like murdering union organizers in Colombia. See the site killercoke.org.