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Free Software Foudnation (commonly abbreviated FSF) is an organization lead by Richard Stallman that advocates for freedom of software users. They state clearly on their philosophy[1] that unlike some proponents of the open source movement, their primary concern is not about price. We developed the GNU operating system so that users can have freedom in their computing.

Essential Freedoms

Specifically, free software means users have four essential freedoms, freedom to:

(0) run the program
(1) study and change the program in source code form
(2) redistribute exact copies
(3) distribute modified versions

External Links


  1. Philosophy of the GNU Project: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/philosophy.html

See Also

Open Source | XIPH | W3C