Dr Richard Stallman is speaking tonight at the Edmund Burke Theatre in the Arts Block. We’ll head over early to get a spot. Should be an interesting evening. More information is available at the Free Software Foundation website.
“The Free Software Movement”
Dublin, Ireland – The Edmund Burke Theatre, located in the basement of the Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2
When Feb 04, 2013
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Dublin, Ireland
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.
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