Stallman to deliver colloquium titled ‘Free Software and Your Freedom’

Richard_StallmanOn October 26, Richard M. Stallman will be giving a fall colloquium. Please join us; all are welcome.

WHEN: Monday, October 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: CMU 120

SYNOPSIS: “Free Software and Your Freedom”

Richard Stallman will introduce and discuss the free software movement. The free software movement campaigns for computer users’ freedom to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software Movement developed the GNU operating system, typically used together with the kernel Linux, specifically to make these freedoms possible.

BIO: Richard is a software developer and software freedom activist. In 1983 he announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. With that announcement Richard also launched the Free Software Movement. In October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation.

Since the mid-1990s, Richard has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws. Before that, Richard developed a number of widely used software components of GNU, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various other programs for the GNU operating system. Richard pioneered the concept of copyleft, and is the main author of the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license.

Richard graduated from Harvard in 1974 with a BA in physics. During his college years, he also worked as a staff hacker at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, learning operating system development by doing it. He wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor there in 1975. He also developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance. In January 1984 he resigned from MIT to start the GNU project.

Stallman has received many awards and accolades including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACM’s Grace Murray Hopper award, and more than a dozen honorary doctorates.

Details can be found here.