The second edition of “Free Software Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman” is available as a pdf download from Free Software Foundation.
The second edition of Free Software, Free Society holds updated versions of most of the essays from the first edition, as well as many new essays published since the first edition. The essays about software patents are now in one section and those about copyright in another, to set an example of not grouping together these two laws, whose workings and effects on software are totally different. Another section presents the GNU licenses, with a new introduction written with Brett Smith giving their history and the motives for each of them. One of the essays explains why software projects should upgrade to version 3 of the GNU General Public License. There is now a section on issues of terminology, since the way we describe an issue affects how people think about it. The last two sections describe some of the traps free software developers and users face—new ways to lose your freedom, and how to avoid them.
Table of Contents
- The GNU Project and Free Software
- What’s in a Name?
- Copyright, Copyleft
- Software Patents: Danger to Programmers
- The Licenses
- Traps and Challenges
- An Assessment and a Look Ahead
Publisher: Free Software Foundation, Inc.
File size: 1.52 MB
Number of pages: 278