April 21, 2002
University employees and free software
RMS wrote an essay that begins, "In the Free Software Movement, we believe computer users should have the freedom to change and redistribute the software that they use. The `free' in free software refers to freedom: it means users have the freedom to run, modify and redistribute the software. Free software contributes to human knowledge, while non-free software does not. Universities should therefore encourage free software for the sake of advancing human knowledge, just as they should encourage scientists and scholars to publish their work."