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Amazement at the existence of Free Software

Posted by: Ciaran O'Riordan on April 26, 2003 12:28 AM
I'm the maintainer of the GNU Accounting Utils (last, lastcomm, ac, sa, etc.) and am writing a Free C programming book at the moment (GNU Free Documentation License, no invariant sections).

What motivates me is my amazement at the existence of GNU/Linux.

If somebody proposed the idea today, it would be laughed at. I think we are lucky that a programmer of Stallmans callibre came up with the idea in the era that he did.

I code because I enjoy it, but I enjoy it because I know my software is being used to get a job done rather than just make money for some company. I hope one day to be employed to write Free Software. The existence of "SharedSource" and false companies abusing the term "OpenSource" motivates me to work a little harder and remember to pronounce the first two syllables of GNU/Linux.

Ciaran O'Riordan


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