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Free Software Foundation

Free Software Foundation
Free Software Foundation logo and wordmark.svg
FormationOctober 4, 1985 (1985-10-04)[1]
FounderRichard Stallman
Type501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Legal status501(c)(3)
HeadquartersBoston, Massachusetts, US
Region served
Geoffrey Knauth
$1,373,645 in FY 2017[2]

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Richard Stallman on October 4, 1985, to support the free software movement, which promotes the universal freedom to study, distribute, create, and modify computer software,[4] with the organization's preference for software being distributed under copyleft ("share alike") terms,[5] such as with its own GNU General Public License.[6] The FSF was incorporated in Boston,[7] Massachusetts, US, where it is also based.[8]

From its founding until the mid-1990s, FSF's funds were mostly used to employ software developers to write free software for the GNU Project. Since the mid-1990s, the FSF's employees and volunteers have mostly worked on legal and structural issues for the free software movement and the free software community.

Consistent with its goals, the FSF aims to use only free software on its own computers.[9]

  1. ^ "Corporations Division Entity Summary for ID Number: 042888848". Secretary of Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference IRS Form 990 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Staff of the Free Software Foundation". Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Free software is a matter of liberty, not price". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions about the GNU Licenses". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  6. ^ "What Is Copyleft?". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  7. ^ "Free Software Foundation, Boston, United States". bizpages.org. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  8. ^ "FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION, INC. Summary Screen". The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Corporations Division. Archived from the original on 2013-05-25.
  9. ^ Stallman, Richard M. (2002). "Linux, GNU, and freedom". Philosophy of the GNU Project. GNU Project. Retrieved 2006-12-10.

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