Title: Software and Freedom
Speaker: Richard M. Stallman
Location: Tagore Auditorium, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Time: 4 p.m., 20th October, 2006
"Free software is a fundamental requirement for a democratic and free society in which we are surrounded by and dependent upon technical devices." -- Eben Moglen.
Richard M. Stallman is the founder of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project, which has contributed the most significant part of the GNU/Linux operating system. He is a scientist, a philosopher, a music-lover and musician, and a most passionate programmer. Amonst numerous notable creations and achievements, he has written the GCC compiler, the GDB debugger and the Emacs editor, and has been awarded four honorary Ph.Ds from universities around the world. Stallman argues that software users should have the freedom to "share with their neighbor" and to be able to study and make changes to the software that they use and this forms the basis for the Free Software movement. He is coming to Hyderabad to talk about the relationship between software and freedom. All individuals passionate about software and freedom, who believe that technological development is most effective when we collaborate with each other must attend this talk at 4 PM on the 20th of October to be held at Tagore Auditorium, Osmania University, Hyderabad.