March 16 is the birthday for Richard M. Stallman
. Well, most of people know him as the "God of Free Software".
Stallman, also known as "rms," is the father of the Free Software movement and the creator of the GNU Project and the GNU General Public License, or GPL. Some of the GNU stuff ended up in Linux, which is why he insists that anyone who speaks to him must call the operating system "GNU/Linux."
Stallman was once a prolific coder and self-proclaimed hacker, but now is more of an activist who spends much of his time traveling, giving speeches, distributing his "pleasure card" (as opposed to "business card," geddit?) and wooing ladies. He's also famous for having one of the most demanding contract riders in all of the world, one that lists a long list of rules governing the temperature of his sleeping quarters, what kind of pets he likes (parrots are best, but don't buy one just for his visit!), how to speak to him and a list of foods he will not eat: "I do not eat breakfast. Please do not ask me any questions about what I will do [sic] breakfast. Please just do not bring it up."
A few years ago, when Linux was the cool new thing, Stallman seemed to be everywhere, usually arguing with someone in the "open source" movement and explaining why "free software" is not the same as "open source." Hard to believe, but the world grew tired of this important debate and lately we don't hear much from Stallman.
Thanks Wikipedia for the image
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