2010 Richard Stallman

By January 11, 2014 Keynote
2010 Richard Stallman
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Keynote Speaker “Free Software, Free Society”.Richard Stallman is one of the originators of the free software movement. Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software without limitation, interference or restriction. In furtherance of this concept, he helped found the Free Software Foundation (http://www.fsf.org/). In 1985, Stallman published the GNU Manifesto, which outlined a free operating system called GNU, which would be compatible with Unix. The name GNU is a recursive acronym for GNU’s Not Unix. Stallman was responsible for contributing most of the necessary tools needed to create the operating system that eventually emerged as GNU/LINUX. These tools include a flexible and powerful text editor (Emacs), a compiler (GCC), a debugger (gdb), and a build automator (gmake). All these tools are in daily use by untold thousands of programmers. Come hear Stallman’s Keynote presentation. It is sure to be an interesting and thought provoking presentation by someone who is a true pioneer of modern software development and a philosopher of software development and dissemination through society.