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John Sullivan, who works as a programme administrator for the FSF. His responsibilities include maintaining the FSF Web site and resources concerning the next version of the GPL.
The main room in the FSF office. Seated at the desk on the left is Niibe Yutaka, the chairman of the Free Software Initiative Japan, who was visiting the FSF during our visit.
The FSF has a number of sister organisations, including FSF Europe, FSF India, Free Software Initiative Japan and FSF Latin America. These organisations are generally self-funded and independently run.
"We want to have separate organisations with control over their own destiny," says Brown.
A glass partition within the office building is printed with the first two sentences of the GPL: "The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public Licenses are intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free software — to make sure the software is free for all its users."