Is free software pioneer one of your IT greats?


Is free software pioneer one of your IT greats?

Vote for your IT greats

A one-time hacker who has latterly become a political activist might sound an unlikely candidate for inclusion in any pantheon of IT greats. But what if that hacker was Richard Stallman, founder of the free software movement and author of the GNU General Public Licence, the world's most widely used free software licence?

In the 1970s and 1980s Stallman was a prolific programmer for his open source GNU Project. Since then, he has spent most of his time as a political campaigner, advocating free software and campaigning against software patents and the expansion of copyright law.

As part of Computer Weekly's 40th anniversary celebrations, we are asking readers to vote for the people, technologies and organisations that have made the biggest difference in the four decades since Computer Weekly was first published. So if Richard Stallman is one of your IT greats, let us know at

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