- Gebundene Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: O'Reilly & Associates; Auflage: 1 (1. März 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0596002874
- ISBN-13: 978-0596002879
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,1 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 750.179 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Free as in Freedom (Classique Us) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. März 2002
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This text interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. Starting with how it all began - a desire for software code from Xerox to make the printing more efficient - to the continuing quest for free software that still exists today. The goal of the book is to document how Stallman's own personal evolution has done much to shape notions of what free software is and should be. Like Alan Greenspan in the financial sector, Stallman has assumed the role of tribal elder in a community that bills itself as anarchic and immune to central authority. This book looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have done little to throw Stallman off his pedestal. Discover how Richard's childhood and teenage experiences as well as his years at Harvard and MIT made him the man he is today. The book's narrative style includes many quotes from Richard and his mother about his life, education, and work providing a look at RMS and Free Software Foundation (FSF).Throughout the book are insights from FSF supporters, detractors, the early MIT hackers, and those who knew him in high school and college. If anything, the current software marketplace has made Stallman's logic-based rhetoric and immovable personality more persuasive. In a rapidly changing world people need a fixed reference point, and Stallman has become that reference point for many in the software world.
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Free as in Freedom interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. It examines Stallman's unique personality and how that personality has been at turns a driving force and a drawback in terms of the movement's overall success.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
personal details about Stallman.
If somebody is interested in a description of his eyes, which have a special glance, as I was told in this book, I can assure him that he will find plenty pages decribing them and his habit in general in a simple minded way. Additionally the author provides senseless information, trying to point out that Stallman is somehow something like an autist (he has to be, because he has done amazing work, isn't it?), and a born politically activist successing his mother, who once stood up against rebuilding their flat.
I was very happy when I received the book, now I'm disappointed. This is the result when journalists try to deal with an issue they don't understand. At least there is a positive message at the end: This book is published under the GFDL, so probably an other author more gifted has rewritten entirely.
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The writing is somewhat awkward at times. It starts at the famous story about the Xerox printer which triggered Stallman to start the GNU project years later. But then it actually moves to the biographer talking to Richard in the "now." It then moves back from now to history, to now etc. This is somewhat confusing and also the biographer is perhaps too much there and too much giving his opinions instead of writing the story (especially the last chapter).
The history stories of the book are pretty good though. The classic story about the printer and how emacs was created and the MIT AI Lab culture. From there it moves into the creation on GNU and its initial non-success. Also if briefly covers the conflicts between Stallman and the Open Source community, Stallman and other GNU members and Stallman and the biographer. In other words, it describes pretty well how hard it is to work together with Richard.
I like the book for the stories and its historical perspectives. I like the book for trying to describe how it is to work with a person like Richard Stallman and trying to explain that based in his history. I didn't like the writing style very much and the opinion of the author. If you are interested in Free Software history, then this would probably be a good book for you to read. Otherwise, you'd probably need to leave it where it is or just browse the free (as in freedom) internet version. 4 stars still though.
As a sidenote. It doesn't seem Richard Stallman himself is promoting this book or has made any comments about this book.
Even though there is free digital version you should have a copy in you library (for all GNU Linux geeks) :)