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libreleah OP wrote

He's one of the most crucially important figures in the history of free software. Without his contributions, most notably the GNU project, it's unlikely that we'd have such a vibrant community as we do now.

Libreboot probably wouldn't exist either, if it wasn't for the hard work put in by RMS and others, in the early days. Free software is always iterative, building upon previous work.

Most notably, I believe that Copyleft was crucial in bringing about the current free software community. Without it, we would have ended up with a fully proprietary world, where only the "reference" code is free, if at all.

I have no strong feelings one way or the other about RMS as a person, outside of his contributions to Free Software.