Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
(ISBN 0-596-00287-4) is a free
book licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License
about the life
of Richard Stallman
, written by Sam Williams
and published by O'Reilly Media
on March 1, 2002.
Williams conducted several interviews with Stallman during the writing of the book as well as interviewing some of Stallman's class mates, and his mother.
The book is divided into fourteen chapters and three appendices which include one for the GNU Free Documentation License
Free as in Freedom
was published under the GNU Free Documentation License
, which allows modification and redistribution of the text, photographs contained therein, as well as the cover: its texts, photograph and elements of design.
Sam Williams has written an article about the process of writing FaiF
, recording the license negotiations that led to this book being published under a free license. OnLamp
also interviewed Williams in 2002 about the writing process.
Standing on the shoulders of giants
In the book, Bob Young
of Red Hat
supports the free software movement
by saying that it enables people to stand on the shoulders of giants
. He also says that standing on the shoulders of giants is the opposite of reinventing the wheel
An excerpt from the book:
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