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<h2>Philosophy of the GNU Project</h2>

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<h2>Philosophy of the GNU free software operating system is motivated
by the philosophy Project</h2>

See <a href="http://audio-video.gnu.org/">audio-video.gnu.org</a>
for recordings of Richard Stallman's speeches.

<p><em>Free software</em> means that the software's users have
freedom.  (The issue is not about price.)  We developed the GNU
operating system so that users can have freedom in their

<p>Specifically, free software movement.  This page provides an
introduction means users have
the <a href="/philosophy/free-sw.html">four essential freedoms</a>:
(0) to that philosophy.</p>

<p>Free software is a matter of freedom: people should be free run the program, (1) to use
software in all study and change the ways that are socially useful.  Software program in source
code form, (2) to redistribute exact copies, and (3) to distribute
modified versions.</p>

<p>Software differs from material objects—such as chairs,
sandwiches, and gasoline—in that it can be copied and changed
much more easily.  These possibilities make facilities are why software as useful as it is; is useful; we
software a program's users should be able free to make use take advantage of them.</p> them,
not solely its developer.</p>

<p>For further reading, please select a section
from the menu above.</p>

<p>We also maintain a list of <a href="/philosophy/latest-articles.html">most recently added articles</a>.</p>

<h3 id="introduction">Introduction</h3>

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  <li><a href="/philosophy/free-sw.html">What is Free Software?</a></li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html">
      Why we must insist on free software</a></li>
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      Proprietary software is often malware</a></li>
  <li><a href="/gnu/gnu.html">History of GNU/Linux</a></li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/why-free.html">Why
       Software Should Not Have Owners</a></li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/pragmatic.html">Copyleft: Pragmatic Idealism</a></li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/free-doc.html">Why Free Software Needs
      Free Documentation</a></li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/selling.html">Selling Free Software</a> is OK!</li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/fs-motives.html">Motives For Writing Free Software</a></li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/right-to-read.html">The Right to Read: A
  Dystopian Short Story</a> by <a href="http://www.stallman.org/">
  Richard Stallman</a></li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html">Why
       "Open Source" misses the point of Free Software</a></li>
 <li><a href="/philosophy/when-free-software-isnt-practically-superior.html">When Free Software Isn't (Practically) Superior</a></li>
  <li><a href="/philosophy/government-free-software.html">Measures governments can use to promote free software</a></li>       
  <li><a href="/education/education.html">Free software in education</a></li>

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that Work for Freedom in
Computer Development and Electronic Communications</a>.</p>

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