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Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often known by his initials, rms,<ref name="initials"/> is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users receive the freedoms to use, study, distribute and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software. Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License.

Stallman launched the GNU Project in September 1983 to create a Unix-like computer operating system composed entirely of free software.<ref name="initialgnu"/> With this, he also launched the free software movement. He has been the GNU project's lead architect and organizer, and developed a number of pieces of widely used GNU software including, among others, the GNU Compiler Collection,<ref name="gcc-contribs"/> the GNU Debugger<ref name="RIT"/> and the GNU Emacs text editor.<ref name="multic"/> In October 1985<ref name="fsfbio"/> he founded the Free Software Foundation.

Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, which uses the principles of copyright law to preserve the right to use, modify and distribute free software, and is the main author of free software licenses which describe those terms, most notably the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most widely used free software license.<ref name="wheeler"/>

In 1989 he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against software patents, digital rights management, and other legal and technical systems which he sees as taking away users' freedoms, including software license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, activation keys, dongles, copy restriction, proprietary formats and binary executables without source code.

As of 2014, he has received fifteen honorary doctorates and professorships (see Honors and awards).


Richard Stallman sections
Intro   Early life    Events leading to GNU    GNU project    Activism    Terminology    Personal life   [[Richard_Stallman?section={{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_Honors_and_awards|{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} Honors and awards]]   Selected publications    See also    References   External links  

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Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often known by his initials, rms,<ref name="initials"/> is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users receive the freedoms to use, study, distribute and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software. Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License.

Stallman launched the GNU Project in September 1983 to create a Unix-like computer operating system composed entirely of free software.<ref name="initialgnu"/> With this, he also launched the free software movement. He has been the GNU project's lead architect and organizer, and developed a number of pieces of widely used GNU software including, among others, the GNU Compiler Collection,<ref name="gcc-contribs"/> the GNU Debugger<ref name="RIT"/> and the GNU Emacs text editor.<ref name="multic"/> In October 1985<ref name="fsfbio"/> he founded the Free Software Foundation.

Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, which uses the principles of copyright law to preserve the right to use, modify and distribute free software, and is the main author of free software licenses which describe those terms, most notably the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most widely used free software license.<ref name="wheeler"/>

In 1989 he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against software patents, digital rights management, and other legal and technical systems which he sees as taking away users' freedoms, including software license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, activation keys, dongles, copy restriction, proprietary formats and binary executables without source code.

As of 2014, he has received fifteen honorary doctorates and professorships (see Honors and awards).


Richard Stallman sections
Intro   Early life    Events leading to GNU    GNU project    Activism    Terminology    Personal life   [[Richard_Stallman?section={{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_Honors_and_awards|{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} Honors and awards]]   Selected publications    See also    References   External links  

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