Richard Stallman, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Richard Stallman

American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project

Date of Birth: 16-Mar-1953

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, United States

Profession: engineer, computer scientist, software developer, inventor, columnist, researcher, programmer, blogger, lecturer, short story writer, artificial intelligence researcher, science fiction writer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Richard Stallman

  • Richard Matthew Stallman (; born March 16, 1953), often known by his initials, rms, and occasionally upper-case RMS, is an American free software movement activist and 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.
  • Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote 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, GNU Debugger, and GNU Emacs text editor.
  • In October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
  • In September 2019, he resigned as president of the FSF and left his "visiting scientist" role at MIT.Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, which uses the principles of copyright law to preserve the right to use, modify, and distribute free software, and is the main author of free software licenses which describe those terms, most notably the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most widely used free software license.In 1989, he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom.
  • Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against software patents, digital rights management (which he referred to as digital restrictions management, calling the more common term misleading), and other legal and technical systems which he sees as taking away users' freedoms.
  • This has included software license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, activation keys, dongles, copy restriction, proprietary formats, and binary executables without source code.

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