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Richard Stallman’s Opinion On Dual Booting – “Defenestrate It”

By Ricky on May 31st, 2011 

We all know that Richard Stallman has some very strong, serious and unconventional views on software freedom. Well, someone decided to ask him his view on dual booting Linux with Windows. His reply? "Defenestrate it."

Defen what? Well, I must also admit that I have never heard this word before. According to Wikipedia, "Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window." Stallman was, however, kind enough to include the meaning of the word in his reply.

Well, here is the question pecet wrote to him:


So my friend, let's call him Phlegmatic has dualboot with Windows, what is your opinion on that?

He claims that he's truely GNU/Linux user, but actually he using that Windows for gaming,

could you write something about dualbooting and why it is enemy of his freedom?

Thank you in advance

your truely



Sended from my iPad (not dualbooted!).

Stallman's reply was pure genius,

It is unfortunate that he still has nonfree software in his computer.

He needs to defenestrate it (which means, either throw Windows out of the computer or throw the computer out of the window).


Dr Richard Stallman

President, Free Software Foundation

I love the reply but I wonder why Stallman did not make any comment about pecet using "iGroan/iBad" to send him the email.

So, what is your opinion on dual booting Linux with Windows? Do you avoid it in favor of freedom or do it anyway for convenience?

As for me, I have been purely a Linux user for a very long time. However, with the poor support of my hardware in Linux, I decided to install Windows 7 alongside Linux. So, yes, I dual boot now and choosed convenience over freedom.


Richard Stallman’s Opinion On Dual Booting – “Defenestrate It” was originally published on on May 31, 2011 - 3:29 am (Indian Standard Time)