Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation (http://www.fsf.org)
coming to New York to speak to the GNUbies group this Wednesday, July 10,
2002. He was invited to come to speak to GNUbies after he gave an
excellent talk at the last LinuxWorld and he has been kind enough find time
in his hectic schedule to make the difficult round-trip from Boston by
train to speak to us this Wednesday. Below are details, a bio, and some
information about the talk.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wednesday, July 10, 2002 6:30-7:00 General Questions & Answers 7:00 Bradley M. Kuhn Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation on Software Freedom and the GNU Generation at The IBM Building 590 Madison Ave. (57th Street and Madison Avenue) **note security procedures below After the meeting those interested can join us to go out to eat or drink and continue discussions. At this meeting there will also be some gifts/swag from IBM on a first come first serve basis. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As always, the most up-to-date information can be found on our website at: http://www.gnubies.org All of our meetings are free and open to the public (although subject to the security procedures mentioned below). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bio: Bradley M. Kuhn is a supporter of the Free Software Movement: a movement that creates software that can be freely copied, shared, modified, and redistributed, and that brought the popular GNU/Linux operating system into existance. Mr. Kuhn writes, teaches about and documents Free Software and advocates the importance of software freedom. He began working with the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project as a volunteer in the mid-1990s. In February 2001, he was hired full-time as Vice President of the FSF, and was officially named Executive Director in March 2002. When not putting in overtime for his official duties, Mr. Kuhn contributes to GNU software as a volunteer by hacking on various Free Software programs and Free Documentation. Mr. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Cincinnati. Before working full-time for the FSF, he worked as a Free Software consultant in the technology industry. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ About the talk: Software Freedom and the GNU Generation --------------------------------------- In this talk, I introduce the issues of software freedom, copyleft, and the history and future of the Free Software Movement to an audience that is generally familiar with computer software. (The talk is geared toward computer users, but developers will not be bored.) I discuss in detail the most popular copyleft license, the GNU General Public License (GPL), and introduce its advantages for users, programmers, and businesses. In contrast to the talks given by the Free Software supporters who founded the community (such as Richard Stallman), this talk comes from the perspective of someone who came of age in the Free Software Movement after the early work was complete. Thus, this talk addresses the "GNU generation", those of us who learned of Free Software only after GNU/Linux systems were beginning to become popular. In particular, I address the stark contrast of two existing worlds in the software industry: the developers of proprietary software and the developers of Free Software. As someone who has lived in both of these worlds, I speak with some authority about the terrible challenges and drawbacks faced in the proprietary software realm, and how the free software community has overcome them by giving the same freedom to all users, whether they program often, occasionally, or not at all. I explain how one specific copyleft software license, the GNU GPL, has worked to ensure freedom while creating a thriving user, developer and business community. Finally, I discuss the great challenges that we, the Free Software Movement, face in the years ahead. Too often, people assume that since the job of writing a core operating system is done (namely, GNU/Linux and emerging GNU/HURD systems) that there is nothing left for the Free Software Movement to do. I dispel this misconception by giving real-world examples where we face challenges today. I also identify dangerous trends that indicate challenges that we may face in the future. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ **Security Procedures: -------------------- Since Sept 11, 2001 IBM has implemented new security measures for those attending meetings in their building. It is necessary to to bring a picture ID to show upon entering the building, and to send your name (as it appears on the ID) in advance in order to attend. You can use the link from our website (http//www.gnubies.org) or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (note that is a plus sign not the letter t) with the Subject "July 2002 GNUBIES" and your name as to body of the message. Please submit your name even if you are on the "cumulative list". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We are grateful to IBM for providing this space. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Lyn GNUBIES The GNU/Linux/Free OS Beginners' Group Distributed poC TINC: Jay Sulzberger Corresponding Secretary LXNY LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization. http://www.lxny.org