Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software, by Sam
Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates, 2002. 225 pages. $22.95
Richard Stallman is easily the most controversial figure associated with
Linux and the open source movement. And the controversy begins with this very
terminology. Stallman, fairly or not, believes the operating system is and
should be called GNU/Linux, and the movement that he is a part of is not
favoring "open source" but "free software."
For those of you just getting acquainted, Stallman is the founder of the Free
Software Foundation and the GNU Project, the creator of the GNU C Compiler,
and the emacs text editor. He is also the father of the GNU General Public
License. He is firm in his belief that proprietary and restrictive software
licenses, and the non-disclosure agreements that underpin them, are Evil and
The Linux desktop world reached another milestone in April when the third
major version of the K Desktop Environment (KDE 3.0) hit download servers.
As many as three-quarters of all Linux desktop systems use KDE as their
primary desktop. While the GNOME desktop has made great strides over the last
few years, KDE is clearly the more stable and mature choice for business
This is a basic overview of what's new, what works and changes in store for
current KDE 2.x users.
Those changes center around a new basic architecture for the desktop, which
means a big download for those ... (more)
Sure, there's a JVM for Linux and applets will run in any Linux browser, but
can you actually code from a Linux box?
When the GNU/Linux boom hit in the late '90s, all the hype was directed at
the server. How Linux would save enterprises great gobs of cash in storage.
How stable it was for next-to-no cost. How Apache stoked the furnace for the
underfunded dot-coms slated to rule the universe.
In the face of all that hype, some may have thought that Linux was really
just an OS for sys admins. What those people forgot is that Linus Torvalds
invented the OS just so he could code at h... (more)
Real Linux geeks do everything from the command line. Run programs, manage
files, administer networks-all that fun stuff. We don't need no stinkin'
There is no doubt that the command line is a most powerful thing. It does
things quickly and with little fuss. And a keyboard is nearly always faster
than a mouse, if you know your way around the keyboard.
Yet there's just no avoiding the awful truth: If you are making the
transition from a proprietary operating system, you are addicted to using the
rodent. You know how it works. You can right-click with the best of them... (more)
In my last article I showed you some of the basics of the KDE desktop
environment. The primary challenger to KDE is the GNOME desktop environment.
The GNU Network Object Model Environment project began, in part, in a
political dispute in the free software community. KDE is based on Trolltech's
Qt libraries. These development libraries were originally released under
something other than the GNU General Public License (GPL). Richard Stallman
of the Free Software Foundation issued a call to create a new desktop
environment based on GPL'ed libraries.
While the political dispute was r... (more)