The Free Software Foundation was founded in 1985, long before most of the world owned personal computers. Richard Stallman (RMS) actually laid the seeds for this in 1983 when he announcd the GNU project, but it was his GNU Manifesto that really laid down the principles.
Some people (and I include myself in this group) see RMS as an idealistic and somewhat irrational visionary. Some of that perception might be from simple vocabulary, and RMS cautions abut the use of certain words. Some of it comes from the obvious friction between GNU and Linux, with RMS constantly pointing out that Linux would have been nothing without all the GNU software that underpins it. True enough, but the GNU is free software - Linux used it to make something not quite like what RMS wanted, and that's just the way it is.
Well, whacko or visionary, the FSF deserves applause and support.
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