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richard stallman

GNU Software

In 1984, Richard Stallman, a former worker at the MIT Artificial Intelligence lab, founded the GNU project. GNU is a recursive acronym for Gnu’s Not UNIX. Stallman held the belief that ideas should be shared and that proprietary software (software owned and developed by a single company or individual) was unethical, antisocial and immoral. He developed a C compiler called GCC (for GNU C Compiler) and began working on other development and application tools with the idea of building a UNIX-like operating system that was free. He was faced with a moral dilemma; he wanted to provide “free” software but needed to pay the bills. How do you keep something free but make enough money so you can continue your work?

The Free Software Foundation

In 1985 Stallman decided to seek funding, so he created the Free Software Foundation (FSF), – a tax-exempt charity dedicated to the purpose… Read the rest