Richard Stallman created GNU, which in turn gave birth to the Linux operating system. He is a hero in the world of free software and is one of the most committed, passionate people I’ve ever met.
Richard Stallman, the grand old man of open source software and president of the Free Software Foundation, is calling Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux “spyware” and calling on the open source community to uninstall the software, shun the company, and “give Canonical whatever rebuff is needed to make it stop.”
Don’t worry, hell has not frozen over. But the White House is very definitely not doing business — or government, rather — as usual. The U.S. government has released a repository of open source code for allowing citizens to create and vote on petitions, the same functionality that drives WhiteHouse.gov.
It’s time to examine the idea of “intellectual property” a little more clearly, especially when patent law dominates business headlines and the outcome of the Apple-Samsung trial holds enormous implications for the tech industry.