December 15, 2004
Free as in Freedom - Part Two: New Linux
Perhaps I was over-zealous in my praise of Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) in Part One of this article, ?Free as in Freedom: GNU/Linux.? That would be unfair to many major corporations and the state of the world they?ve created. Lots of people, especially ?successful? Americans, like the world just the way it is. Oh well. It was a history of ?GNU beginnings,? the start of a movement that, unlike anything we?ve thus far seen, said ?No!? to the corporate-defined order and created an alternative to corporate rule by ?copyright,? and an operating system that challenged the way certain corporate monopolies have defined our desktops and how we use them (or go directly to jail).