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Richard Stallman

Data de nascimento: 16. Março 1953

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Richard Matthew Stallman, ou simplesmente "rms" é um ativista, fundador do movimento software livre, do projeto GNU, e da FSF. Um aclamado programador e Hacker, seus maiores feitos incluem Emacs , o GNU Compiler Collection e o GNU Debugger. É também autor da GNU General Public License , a licença livre mais usada no mundo, que consolidou o conceito de copyleft.

Desde a metade dos anos 1990, Stallman tem dedicado a maior parte de seu tempo ao ativismo político, defendendo software livre e lutando contra a patente de softwares e a expansão da lei de copyright. O tempo que ainda devota à programação é gasto no GNU Emacs. Ele se sustenta com aproximadamente a metade do que recebe por suas palestras.

Em 1971, ainda calouro na Universidade Harvard - onde se graduou em Física, em 1974 -, Stallman era programador do laboratório de IA do MIT e tornou-se um líder na comunidade hacker.

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„What they had in common was mainly love of excellence and programming.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: What they had in common was mainly love of excellence and programming. They wanted to make their programs that they used be as good as they could. They also wanted to make them do neat things. They wanted to be able to do something in a more exciting way than anyone believed possible and show "Look how wonderful this is. I bet you didn't believe this could be done." Interview in Hackers — Wizards of the Electronic Age (1985)

„I always expect to lose. I fight anyway, and sometimes I win.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: I am a pessimist by nature. Many people can only keep on fighting when they expect to win. I'm not like that, I always expect to lose. I fight anyway, and sometimes I win. I'm not the main leader in this particular battle. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting. Public Knowledge is fighting. People need to get involved politically. At this point people should go to the EFF website and the Public Knowledge website, and continue doing so over the coming weeks to see how they can get involved in this coming campaign. It's going to take a lot of people spending probably at least twenty minutes. If you care enough about your freedom to spend twenty minutes on it, if you can tear yourself away from whatever little job it is you're doing this week, and next week, and so on. Spend a little time fighting for your freedom, and we can win. [http://archive.is/20120711223115/kerneltrap.org/node/4484 "Interview: Richard Stallman" on Kernel (4 January 2005)]

„Freedom and community are important.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: Freedom and community are important. Gratis software is not worth such an effort, because price is usually not an ethical issue. 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. [http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles/interview_with_richard_stallman "Interview with Richard M. Stallman" in Free Software Magazine (23 January 2008)]

„We are not against the Open Source movement, but we don't want to be lumped in with them. We acknowledge that they have contributed to our community, but we created this community, and we want people to know this.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: We are not against the Open Source movement, but we don't want to be lumped in with them. We acknowledge that they have contributed to our community, but we created this community, and we want people to know this. We want people to associate our achievements with our values and our philosophy, not with theirs. We want to be heard, not obscured behind a group with different views. To prevent people from thinking we are part of them, we take pains to avoid using the word "open" to describe free software, or its contrary, "closed", in talking about non-free software.

„Well, Geoff forwarded me a copy of the DEC message, and I eat my words. I sure would have minded it!“

— Richard Stallman
Context: Well, Geoff forwarded me a copy of the DEC message, and I eat my words. I sure would have minded it! Nobody should be allowed to send a message with a header that long, no matter what it is about. Reaction to the first spam, after receiving a copy of it (9 May 1978) as quoted in "Reaction to the DEC Spam of 1978"

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„Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. "Don't bother us with politics," respond those who don't want to learn. [http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/linŭ-gnu-freedom.html http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/linŭ-gnu-freedom.html "Linŭ, GNU, and freedom" in LinŭWorld (May 2002)]

„Hundreds of thousands of babies are born every day. While the whole phenomenon is menacing, one of them by itself is not newsworthy.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: Hundreds of thousands of babies are born every day. While the whole phenomenon is menacing, one of them by itself is not newsworthy. Nor is it a difficult achievement — even some fish can do it. (Now, if you were a seahorse, it would be more interesting, since it would be the male that gave birth.)... These birth announcements also spread the myth that having a baby is something to be proud of, which fuels natalist pressure, which leads to pollution, extinction of wildlife, poverty, and ultimately mass starvation. His reaction to a baby announcement on a SFBA social mailing list (21 February 1993), as quoted in [http://www.art.net/Studios/Hackers/Hopkins/Don/text/rms-vs-doctor.html "RMS -vs- Doctor, on the evils of Natalism" at Art.net]

„Isn't it ironic that the proprietary software developers call us communists? We are the ones who have provided for a free market, where they allow only monopoly.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: Isn't it ironic that the proprietary software developers call us communists? We are the ones who have provided for a free market, where they allow only monopoly. … if the users chooses this proprietary software package, he then falls into this monopoly for support … the only way to escape from monopoly is to escape from proprietary software, and that is what the free software movement is all about. We want you to escape and our work is to help you escape. We hope you will escape to the free world. The free world is the new continent in cyberspace that we have built so we can live here in freedom. It's impossible to live in freedom in the old world of cyberspace, where every program has its feudal lord that bullies and mistreats the users. So, to live in freedom we have to build a new continent. Because this is a virtual continent, it has room for everyone, and there are no immigration restrictions. And because there were never indigenous peoples in cyberspace, there is also no issue of taking away their land. So everyone is welcome in the free world, come to the free world, live with us in freedom. The free software movement aims for the liberation of cyberspace and everyone in it. “Free Software in Ethics and Practice” talk at CMC MSU, Moscow, Russia, (3 March 2008) [http://phobos.cs.msu.su/FTP/Stallman/rms-cmc.txt Text] · [http://sbos.in/RMS_Lection.ogg ogg file] · [http://youtube.com/watch?v=GrJpXJY4Oow YouTube]

„One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control. It's just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else's web server, you're defenceless. You're putty in the hands of whoever developed that software. "Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman", in The Guardian (29 September 2008)

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„Standing up to an evil system is exhilarating, and now I have a taste for it.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: 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.

„The War on Drugs has continued for some 20 years, and we see little prospect of peace, despite the fact that it has totally failed and given the US an imprisonment rate almost equal to Russia.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: The War on Drugs has continued for some 20 years, and we see little prospect of peace, despite the fact that it has totally failed and given the US an imprisonment rate almost equal to Russia. I fear that the War on Copying could go on for decades as well. To end it, we will need to rethink the copyright system, based on the Constitution's view that it is meant to benefit the public, not the copyright owners. Today, one of the benefits the public wants is the use of computers to share copies.

„As one person put it, "Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement."“

— Richard Stallman
Context: While free software by any other name would give you the same freedom, it makes a big difference which name we use: different words convey different ideas. In 1998, some of the people in the free software community began using the term "open source software" instead of "free software" to describe what they do. The term "open source" quickly became associated with a different approach, a different philosophy, different values, and even a different criterion for which licenses are acceptable. The Free Software movement and the Open Source movement are today separate movements with different views and goals, although we can and do work together on some practical projects. The fundamental difference between the two movements is in their values, their ways of looking at the world. For the Open Source movement, the issue of whether software should be open source is a practical question, not an ethical one. As one person put it, "Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement." For the Open Source movement, non-free software is a suboptimal solution. For the Free Software movement, non-free software is a social problem and free software is the solution.

„Medical marijuana grower and activist [http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/396/steveremembered.shtml Steve McWilliams killed himself] last June, rather than face 6 months in prison with no marijuana to relieve his chronic pain.“

— Richard Stallman
Context: Medical marijuana grower and activist [http://stopthedrugwar. org/chronicle-old/396/steveremembered. shtml Steve McWilliams killed himself] last June, rather than face 6 months in prison with no marijuana to relieve his chronic pain. If you are ever in a situation like this, don't kill yourself in private. Make your death itself be a blow against the tyrant. Plead innocent; then kill yourself in the courtroom, with the jury and journalists watching, after defying the judge by shouting, "I'm a medical marijuana grower. You were going to make those 12 honest citizens your tools for evil, but I will save them from you. May my death be on your conscience for as long as you live." [http://www.stallman.org/archives/2005-sep-dec.html#16%20November%202005%20(Medical%20marijuana%20grower) "Medical marijuana grower" (16 November 2005) in Stallman.org archives]

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