Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often abbreviated “rms”, is an American software freedom activist, hacker, and software developer. In September 1983, he launched the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system, and has been the project’s lead architect and organizer. With the launch of the GNU Project, he started the free software movement and, in October 1985, set up the Free Software Foundation.
Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft and is the main author of several copyleft licenses including the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against both software patents and what he sees as excessive extension of copyright laws. Stallman has also developed a number of pieces of widely used software, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, and the GNU Debugger. He co-founded the League for Programming Freedom in 1989.
January 24th – Montreal – Omni-Mont Royal Hotel
January 26th – Montreal – 1450 Boulevard de Maisonneuve (room number and time to be confirmed)
January 27th – Halifax – Dalhousie University
January 29th – Waterloo – University of Waterloo
The Free Software Movement
Waterloo, Canada. University of Waterloo. Hagey Hall Theatre of the Humanities, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West. Richard Stallman will speak about the Free Software Movement, which campaigns for freedom so that computer users can cooperate to control their own computing activities. The Free Software Movement developed the GNU operating system, often erroneously referred to as Linux, specifically to establish these freedoms. This talk will be accessible to all audience and the public is encouraged to attend. Admission is free.
February 2nd – Toronto – To be announced
February 3rd – Calgary – University of Calgary
February 6th – Vancouver – George F. Curtis Law Building
February 7th – Vancouver – UBC
Watch this page for further details @ Free Software Foundation
An Open Letter
Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM
Dear Richard Stallman,
I was made aware recently of your lecturing circuit and see that you will be in and around University of Waterloo. Have you heard of the PI Institute?
I am no body and I operate under a pseudonym of Plato running a blog called, “Dialogos of Eide (http://eskesthai.blogspot.com/2008/10/white-space.html.)” As you know and I suspect you might be in agreement, ideas are cheap, but can become profound after giving an effort to it’s actualization.
I was draw to the idea of community, and to this end, this letter is about that.
IN that blog entry, my concern was about what remains of the world society and how many are actually connected to the internet.. ONly 20% of the world population
I write this now for consideration and then ask, you if there is such a thing as to design the hardware under “this idea of yours” to advance the internet as a free access, instead of the piggy back that we can do from libraries and such. That we can extent this service beyond the place of business and help society connect in that whitespace. I am not advocating breaking any such laws but to make available this service that will unite the greater global community spirit in those areas where the spectrum will allow such connections.
I am then advocating “the design to capture those signals in the whitespace” that has be an open territory for for the White Space Coalition. To this end, might we see where such a search feature as google might help toward that end knowing it’s market increase can be reached as well in that development and reach of the Internet?
If you feel there is potential in what I say in that letter, then write also to Richard Stallman (firstname.lastname@example.org)and get your own “auto generated email.”
Perhaps you might be at the lecture, in and around Waterloo, on the dates above? Is this worth the effort to connect communities without exploiting the Whitespace for profited orientated ends? Think about it and maybe you can come up with some method here. You can get in touch with me( email@example.com) using my gmail account.