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A Trip Down (Computer) Memory Lane

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - The world of free software seems constantly fresh and exciting, so it always comes as a shock - to me, at least - to remember that it has been around for more than 30 years now. Richard Stallman announced the GNU project back in 1983, but this month, there's another important anniversary: the publication of the GNU Manifesto.

In some ways this is even more important than the actual software that first Stallman, and then the GNU team, started writing. That's because ultimately software gets re-written and superseded. But the ideas that Stallman first announced in the Manifesto are timeless and universal. The whole thing is a classic, and well-worth reading, but I think the following section lies at its heart: