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Live Free Or Die!
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1. The state motto of New Hampshire, which appears on that
state's automobile licence plates.
2. A slogan associated with Unix in the romantic days when
Unix aficionados saw themselves as a tiny, beleaguered
underground tilting against the windmills of industry. The
"free" referred specifically to freedom from the fascist
design philosophies and crufty misfeatures common on
commercial operating systems. Armando Stettner, one of the
early Unix developers, used to give out fake licence plates
bearing this motto under a large Unix, all in New Hampshire
colours of green and white. These are now valued collector's
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