The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating Systems

Event Date: March 29, 2012
Speaker: Richard Stallman
Speaker Affiliation: President, Free Software Foundation
Sponsor: nanoHUB.org
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: ME 1130
Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, and the status and history of the GNU operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by tens of millions of users world-wide.

Bio: Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started  the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org   <http:\\www.gnu.org>) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux  system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the  Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for  Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.