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Richard Stallman, founder of the Boston-based Free Software Foundation, has created a new version of his GNU General Public License, or GPL, under which many free software programs are distributed.

The new license, called GPLv3, imposes new restrictions regarding digital rights management. It has been criticized by Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, who doesn't like the DRM restrictions. Some techies say that if the terms of the license are too onerous, they could cause companies to stop using free software programs. In an interview by e-mail with Forbes, Stallman says freedom is more important to him than popularity. He also describes the differences between "free software" and "open source." And yes, he thinks one is better.

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