Here you will find some of the Plucker projects I'm working on. This list is by-no-means exhaustive, and all of the projects listed here are in varying degrees of completion and complexity (with the Wikipedia project being far and away, the largest to date!).

Why are you doing these things?
"I believe in the Plucker project. I've supported it for 8-9 years now in code, CVS hosting, website hosting and other pieces where I could help. I want to be able to provide other people access to materials to read and learn from when they are WAY offline, with no power for miles and miles."

Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software in Plucker Format

Free as in Freedom interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. It examines Stallman’s unique personality and how that personality has been at turns a driving force and a drawback in terms of the movement’s overall success.

Free as in Freedom examines one man’s 20-year attempt to codify and communicate the ethics of 1970s era “hacking” culture in such a way that later generations might easily share and build upon the knowledge of their computing forebears. The book documents Stallman’s personal evolution from teenage misfit to prescient adult hacker to political leader and examines how that evolution has shaped the free software movement. Like Alan Greenspan in the financial sector, Richard Stallman has assumed the role of tribal elder within the hacking community, a community that bills itself as anarchic and averse to central leadership or authority. How did this paradox come about? Free as in Freedom provides an answer.

It also looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have diminished Stallman’s leadership role in some areas while augmenting it in others. Finally, Free as in Freedom examines both Stallman and the free software movement from historical viewpoint.

Will future generations see Stallman as a genius or crackpot? The answer to that question depends partly on which side of the free software debate the reader currently stands and partly upon the reader’s own outlook for the future. 100 years from now, when terms such as “computer,” “operating system” and perhaps even “software” itself seem hopelessly quaint, will Richard Stallman’s particular vision of freedom still resonate, or will it have taken its place alongside other utopian concepts on the ‘ash-heap of history?’

Below are some quick screenshots of the Free as in Freedom book from O’Reilly Media, Inc.

The Plucker versions of this book can be downloaded below:

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If you’d like to see other examples or screenshots of this quality, let me know.

Front cover pageTable of ContentsPrefaceRichard Stallman, circa 2000Stallman's senior year transcriptChapter 14, Crushing Lonliness


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