Human Rights Advocacy Paper on Richard Stallman receives an A+

Posted by odat on Nov 28, 2009 10:29 PM EDT
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Richard Mathew Stallman or “RMS”, his famous initials of the hacker community at Harvard where he graduated magna cum laude in Physics in 1974, is the most prominent American Free Software Advocate alive today.

“In 1980, Stallman and some other hackers at MIT were refused access to the source code for the software of the first laser printer”(Williams). Source code is like the DNA of a program. Programs can be written in many different languages the same as life has many different forms yet all life must have DNA the same as all programs must have source code. “Stallman having modified the source code on an older printer so it could message a user when another person's job was printed, and message all logged-in users when the printer was jammed was unable to add this feature to the new printer. This one experience convinced Stallman of people's need to be free to modify the software they use”(Williams).

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