Free as in Freedom (2.0)

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This is “Free as in Freedom 2.0: Richard Stallman and the Free Software Revolution”, a revision of Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software. It’s available in pdf format from Free Software Foundation.


In 2002, Sam Williams wrote Free as in Freedom, a biography of Richard M. Stallman. In its epilogue, Williams expressed hope that choosing to distribute his book under the GNU Free Documentation License would enable and encourage others to share corrections and their own perspectives through modifications to his work.

Free as in Freedom (2.0) is Stallman’s revision of the original biography. While preserving Williams’s viewpoint, it includes factual corrections and extensive new commentary by Stallman, as well as new prefaces by both authors written for the occasion. It is a rare kind of biography, where the reader has the benefit of both the biographer’s original words and the subject’s response.

Table of Contents

  • For Want of a Printer
  • 2001: A Hacker’s Odyssey
  • A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man
  • Impeach God
  • Puddle of Freedom
  • The Emacs Commune
  • A Stark Moral Choice
  • St. Ignucius
  • The GNU General Public License
  • GNU/Linux
  • Open Source
  • A Brief Journey through Hacker Hell
  • Continuing the Fight

Book Details

Author(s): Richard Stallman
Publisher: Free Software Foundation
Format(s): PDF
File size: 2.28 MB
Number of pages: 245
Link: Download.

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