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The Free Software Foundation(FSF) is a non-profit organization founded by Richard Stallman on October 1985 to support the free software movement, which promotes the universal freedom to study, distribute, create, and modify computer software, with the organization´s preference for software being distributed under copyleft terms.

Current activities

The most important activities carried out by the FSF are:

The GNU project
The original purpose of the FSF was to promote the ideals of free software. The organization developed the GNU operating system as an example of this.
GNU licenses
The GNU General Public License (GPL) is a widely used license for free software projects. The current version (version 3) was released in June 2007. The FSF has also published the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), the GNU Free Documentation License(GFDL), and the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL).
The Free Software Dictionary
This is a list of software packages that have been verified as free software. Currently contains about 5000 programs.
GNU Press
The FSF's publishing department, responsible for "publishing affordable books on computer science using freely distributable licenses."
Maintaining the Free Software Definition
FSF maintains many of the documents that define the free software movement.
Project hosting
FSF hosts software development projects on its Savannah website.



Richard Stallman

Executive Director

Peter T. Brown

Board of Directors

Richard Stallman

Gerald Sussman

Geoffery Knauth

Lawrence Lessig

Benjamin Mako Hill

Henri Poole

Hal Abelson


Eben Moglen Dan Ravicher

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