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By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Giving the Linus Torvalds Award to the Free Software Foundation is a bit like giving the Han Solo Award to the Rebel Alliance.

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

GNU, which stands for Gnu's Not Unix, is the name for the complete Unix-compatible software system which I am writing so that I can give it away free to everyone who can use it.

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

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 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

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 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I have met bright students in computer science who have never seen the source code of a large program. They may be good at writing small programs, but they can't begin to learn the different skills of writing large ones if they can't see how others have done it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I'm the last survivor of a dead culture. And I don't really belong in the world anymore. And in some ways I feel I ought to be dead.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Proprietary software tends to have malicious features. The point is with a proprietary program, when the users dont have the source code, we can never tell. So you must consider every proprietary program as potential malware.

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 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 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

Writing non-free software is not an ethically legitimate activity, so if people who do this run into trouble, that's good! All businesses based on non-free software ought to fail, and the sooner the better.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Fighting patents one by one will never eliminate the danger of software patents, any more than swatting mosquitoes will eliminate malaria.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I have not seen anyone assume that all the citizens of New York are guilty of murder, violence, robbery, perjury, or writing proprietary software.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died.

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

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

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

Think 'free speech,' not 'free beer.'

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 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Also, because schools must teach the spirit of goodwill, the habit of helping others around you, every class should have this rule: students, if you bring software to class you may not keep it for yourself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

The Adobe flash plug-in is non-free software, and people should not install it, or suggest installing it, or even tell people it exists.

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

Anything that prevents you from being friendly, a good neighbour, is a terror tactic.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Stallman

The principal lesson of Emacs is that a language for extensions should not be a mere "extension language". It should be a real programming language, designed for writing and maintaining substantial programs. Because people will want to do that!

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 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough - you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Copying all or parts of a program is as natural to a programmer as breathing, and as productive. It ought to be as free.

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 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

If you can find a host for me that has a friendly parrot, I will be very very glad… DON'T buy a parrot figuring that it will be a fun surprise for me. To acquire a parrot is a major decision: it is likely to outlive you. If you don't know how to treat the parrot, it could be emotionally scarred and spend many decades feeling frightened and unhappy. If you buy a captured wild parrot, you will promote a cruel and devastating practice, and the parrot will be emotionally scarred before you get it. Meeting that sad animal is not an agreeable surprise.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

In terms of effect on the world, it's very good that I've lived. And so I guess, if I could go back in time and prevent my birth, I wouldn't do it. But I sure wish I hadn't had so much pain.

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 14 Sep

Richard Stallman

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

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 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

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 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Geeks like to think that they can ignore politics, you can leave politics alone, but politics won't leave you alone.

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 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Globalizing a bad thing makes it worse. But globalizing a good thing is usually good.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

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

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

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

If the users don't control the program, the program controls the users. With proprietary software, there is always some entity, the "owner" of the program, that controls the program and through it, exercises power over its users. A nonfree program is a yoke, an instrument of unjust power.

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 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 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

I never imagined that the Free Software Movement would spawn a watered-down alternative, the Open Source Movement, which would become so well-known that people would ask me questions about "open source" thinking that I work under that banner.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Stallman

Free software is software that respects your freedom and the social solidarity of your community. So it's free as in freedom.