ZinesFromOuterSpace Interview request - ZiP MegaZine - Noisebridge related

Tony Longshanks LeTigre anthonyletigre at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 07:11:48 UTC 2012

*Check it out! First read Stallman's response to my interview request
below, then my 2nd message to him immediately below.
Help me plan the interview!
I'm going to be @ NB every night this week, btw, and on Thursday I plan to
arrive by 6pm to hopefully hold a Deadline Day zine meeting before 5MoF at

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM, Tony Longshanks LeTigre <
anthonyletigre at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dr Stallman,
> My apologies for not responding earlier. I just moved into a new house
> with no WiFi connection. It's as awful as it sounds. So this is my first
> chance to read your response.
> In a word, YES, I will agree to your conditions. I am the creator and
> editor-in-chief of ZiP02. I will forward your response to the rest of our
> editorial team (in the interest of consensus) and let you know a definite
> answer by Wednesday, but I don't anticipate a problem.
> In the meantime I will check out the links you sent so I can verse myself
> fully and be prepared.
> I understand you're coming back to Noisebridge this Sunday for your talk -
> my birthday. Awesome news.
> I will follow up w/ you shortly re: time to talk & suchlike. I have some
> idea already of a couple issues I wanted to raise with you, to which I will
> add some of the stuff you referenced in your email.
> Thank you kindly.
> Hack the World!
> Tony Longshanks LeTigre
> ZiP MegaZine <http://zine.noisebridge.net/>
> On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM, Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org> wrote:
>> I have some things to say about Raspberry Pi, so you could ask me
>> about that.
>> Could you promise me that the published story will avoid a couple of
>> frequent errors?
>> One common error is referring to the free operating system I launched
>> as "Linux".  That system, overall, is GNU; Linux is actually the
>> kernel, one program in the system.  Calling the whole system "Linux"
>> means giving the system's principal developer none of the credit.  See
>> http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html for more explanation.
>> Would you please agree that the published article will distinguish
>> consistently between Linux, the kernel, and GNU/Linux, the entire
>> system?  In other words, when talking about the whole system, never to
>> refer to it in a way that says "Linux" without "GNU".
>> The other common error is connecting me or my work or free software in
>> general with the term "Open Source".  That is the slogan adopted in
>> 1998 by people who reject the philosophy of the Free Software
>> Movement.  They have the right to promote their views, but we would
>> like to be associated with our views, not theirs.  See
>> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html.
>> My response to your questions, based on the ideals of the Free
>> Software Movement, would be very different from what a supporter of
>> Open Source would say.
>> Could you please promise that the published article will associate this
>> work and me with the term Free Software, not with the term Open Source?
>> If you need permission from your editor to do these things, would you
>> please ask now?
>> As an introduction, please read these other articles as well
>> as the ones mentioned above.
>> http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html
>> http://www.gnu.org/gnu/the-gnu-project.html
>> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
>> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html
>> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html
>> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/compromise.html
>> http://stallman.org/articles/internet-sharing-license.en.html
>> http://stallman.org/articles/ebooks.pdf
>> Please feel free to quote from these articles, and if you heard me
>> give a speech just before the interview, you can quote from the speech
>> also (but please give me a chance to check such quotations).
>> One other thing: if we talk by voice, please make a recording.  These
>> issues are complex, and even I sometimes overlook a part of what I
>> ought to be thinking about.  Having a backup for one's memory can't
>> hurt.  Ok?
>> --
>> Dr Richard Stallman
>> President, Free Software Foundation
>> 51 Franklin St
>> Boston MA 02110
>> USA
>> www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
>> Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
>>  Use free telephony http://directory.fsf.org/category/tel/
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