At the invitation of the association FLOSS Kosovo, on June 4 the founder of the Free Software Foundation – Richard Stallman visited Kosovo.
Stallman was a member of the famous hackers in the prestigious American university MIT. Surrounded by an atmosphere of open experimentation, and upgrade existing work typical of the academic world, he saw the closure of the software source code as a threat and violating a basic principle of intellectual and economic freedom.
In September 1983, he launched the GNU Project to create a free operating system alternative to Unix, becoming the main architect and project leader. The GNU Project (GNU’s not short Unix), he started the free software movement that was formalized in October 1985 Free Software Foundation.
Stallman create the concept of “copyleft”, which protects the right to distribute intellectual creation, becoming the main author of several copyleft licenses including the GNU General Public License , the license to use free software.
Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, and software patents in fighting what he sees as excessive extension of copyright laws.
Stallman has also developed a number of popular software, including the original-in Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection and the GNU Debugger.
Although Stallman failed to clinch the operating system started, tools and philosophy to develop during that journey he was joined in GNU / Linux and other similar projects by millions of individuals across the globe.
In Pristina Stallman comes at the invitation of FLOSS Kosovo , Kosovar Association for free software and open source.