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Ali Miracle

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jul 25, 2023 03:38 PM
Logo for the Uruk Project, one of the projects to which Ali Miracle contributes
Ali Abdulghani aka Ali Miracle
Baghdad, Iraq
Creative Advanced Technologies, Computiq, and freelancer
Project Contributions:
  • Uruk project
  • Rose Crypt
  • amhalgorithms
  • and more

About me, alimiracle

My name is Ali Abdulghani. However, people call me alimiracle.

I was approximately sixteen years old when I started using free software. One day, back in 2009 when Solaris was my main system, I was using GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and discovered that I can modify it according to my needs. I was happy with that because this was the first time I was able to read and modify code for such a large program. From there, I started thinking Why can't I read and modify Solaris code? I asked this question at an online conference, and a person responded to my query. She was a free software enthusiast, and she told me about free software and GNU. She invited me to join her team as a developer and suggested that I read a book titled Free software, free society: Selected essays of Richard M. Stallman. This book changed my thinking, and, gradually, I became interested in freedom for programs. I eventually moved to GNU/Linux. And to this very day, Stallman remains my hero for giving us the concept of free software.

I also try to promote and convince people to use GNU/Linux and other free software. Many people don't do it, but some give it a try. So far, I have been able to persuade around eighty people to the cause of software freedom. In fact, most of the words that I use to bring people to free software are adopted from articles by Richard M. Stallman.

Finally, in 2017, I managed to make the first free software event in Iraq and publish an article about it on my website:

Have fun and be free!

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The text above is an excerpt from an accompanying article, which was published as part of the FSF's Working Together series and published as part of our 2023 Spring Fundraiser.

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