Linked by Linux Review on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:07 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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by sakeniwefu on Wed 21st Mar 2012 16:24 UTC
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MIT: So, let me get this straight... you are leaving a highly paid and well-regarded position here in order to write software and give it away for free?

RMS: No, I am not going to give software away for free, but for Freedom. You see, in English we have a single word 'free', whereas other languages like Spanish use different words for free as in beer and free as in freedom.

MIT: Um, okay. But I still believe you could be writing your software while working here, we could license it so that other people could benefit from it as well. We could make it so people could then redistribute modified versions without any limitation.

RMS: That is unacceptable, people need freedom, but they are too stupid to realize they do. There must be limitations so that anybody using the code is forced to give any modifications back.

MIT: Well, at least you will stop stealing our beer, right?

RMS: You wish!

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