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Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Definition - What does Free Software Foundation (FSF) mean?

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the creation, distribution and amendment of free software programs and applications without any restriction.

FSF was founded by Richard Stallman in 1985 as part of the free software movement and the earlier GNU Project.

Techopedia explains Free Software Foundation (FSF)

The Free Software Foundation was established to encourage the development of free software. The free software movement, which liberated users to freely create and share their software and programs, was a major driver behind this foundation. FSF's primary objective is to instigate the rejection of propriety software that cannot be shared, published or altered legally.

FSF also maintains a team of in-house software programmers that develop software and applications that can be revised and distributed by end users, and are available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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