Software activist Richard Stallman calls cellphones “Stalin’s dream”

Thu, Mar 17, 2011


Free software advocate Richard Stallman is an interesting fellow. Known as an American software activist, Stallman studied at both Harvard and MIT and is well-known for launching the GNU Project in 1983 and for taking his passion for non-proprietary software to ridiculous extremes.

To wit, here’s the setup he uses.

I am using a Lemote Yeelong, a netbook with a Loongson chip and a 9-inch display. This is my only computer, and I use it all the time. I chose it because I can run it with 100% free software even at the BIOS level.

To initialize the machine and boot, it uses PMON. Above that, it uses gNewSense, one of the totally free GNU/Linux distros.

I spend most of my time using Emacs. I run it on a text console, so that I don’t have to worry about accidentally touching the mouse-pad and moving the pointer, which would be a nuisance. I read and send mail with Emacs (mail is what I do most of the time).

Most recently, Stallman opined on the threat of cellphones, explaining why he doesn’t carry one.

“I don’t have a cell phone. I won’t carry a cell phone,” Stallman says. “It’s Stalin’s dream. Cell phones are tools of Big Brother. I’m not going to carry a tracking device that records where I go all the time, and I’m not going to carry a surveillance device that can be turned on to eavesdrop.”

via Network World


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