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free software movement

The initiative endorsed by the Free Software Foundation that promotes freedom for computer users and considers proprietary software unethical. It holds that all software users are morally entitled to the freedoms granted by "free" software, which is often free of charge, but mostly free of restrictions (see free software). The first and main achievement of the free software movement was the GNU operating system. However, due to restrictions with application programs and embedded codes in hardware, the goal has yet to be fully realized. See free software, GNU, Free Software Foundation and GNU/Linux.
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'The free software movement is a social movement, not a business, and the success it aims for is not a market success.
The characteristics of the free software movement members dispel the myth that money is the only thing that will motivate software developers (Vanheuverswyn, 2007).
After the initial round of the insurgent experts' achievements in framing free software as a counterhegemonic alternative to development, the Brazilian free software movement continued to receive support from the government.
* 1998--Open Source Initiative was established as an attempt to re-brand the free software movement in terms that were less hostile to business.
The free software movement emphasizes the moral and ethical aspects of software, seeing technical excellence as a desirable by-product of its ethical standard.
In Part VI, we consider threats to the free software movement, including software patents and recent litigation against its adopters.
In the free software movement, we are aiming for freedom.
The Free Software Movement and the Open Source Movement have very different philosophies, much as the Democratic and Republican parties once did.
"It looks like Apple is trying to get Linux developers onto their hardware," observed Bruce Perens, the leader of an open source faction that has criticized Raymond and the OSI for pandering to corporate interests at the expense of the free software movement. Like SGI, Sun and Netscape before it, Apple may be using its proprietary code base as bait to attract open source developers.
This kind of capitalism makes alliance with many start up, geeks, hackers, even if one can observe tensions and predictable and complex fractures between the contribution economy (Wikipedia, Open Streets view, free software movement, Open Knowledge, Open Data) and open source movement, (Google, Android, Face Book, Linkedin, Viadeo) or proprietary ecosystem like Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Thales, Dassault system etc.).
"The Free Software movement is a very dynamic one," explained Icaza in a statement, "GNOME is not only providing a desktop for end-users, it is laying down a foundation for standardizing a number of issues that have been ignored for a long time by the Unix community." Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF, added: "GNOME is a giant step towards achieving the Free Software Foundation's goals." Copyright (c) 1999 ComputerWire Inc
By Rachel Chalmers The first commercial trade show held for Linux has triggered a bout of soul-searching among the leading lights of the open source and free software movements. The tension simmering between the two communities came to a head in February when Debian founder Bruce Perens left the Open Source Initiative (OSI) to return to his Free Software roots.

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