Richard Stallman

Programmer, Organization leader

1953 –

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Who is Richard Stallman?

Richard Matthew Stallman, often known by his initials, rms, 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. He is best known for launching the GNU Project, founding the Free Software Foundation, developing the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and writing 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. 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, the GNU Debugger and the GNU Emacs text editor. In October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation.

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Born
Mar 16, 1953
Manhattan
Also known as
  • RMS
  • Stallman, Richard
  • Richard Matthew Stallman
Parents
Religion
  • Atheism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University
    Physics
    (1970 - 1974)
  • Graduate diploma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Physics
    (1974/09 - 1975/06)

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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