Richard M Stallman, Leader of the Free Software Movement, will be visiting
Kochi on 10th January 2008.
He will deliver a talk on `Free Software in ethics and in Practice' at
the Union Christian College, Aluva, Ernakulam (UC College) campus on
January 10 at 10 am.
The talk will be followed by a question answer session and a press conference.
The talk is being organised by the Union Christian College and
Free Software Foundation of India.
All are invited.
Stallman is the founder of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) which is
dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to study, copy, modify
and redistribute computer programmes. `Free as in freedom' being its
credo, FSF promotes the GNU operating system widely used today in its
GNU/Linux variant, based on the kernel Linux developed by Linus
Torvalds. Worldwide, there are more than 20 million users of GNU/Linux
Stallman used what came to be known as `copyleft' to protect the ideal
of his movement and enshrined the concept in the widely used GNU
General Public License. His accomplishments as a programmer include
the text editor Emacs, the compiler GCC and the debugger GDB, all of
which are part of the GNU project.
The maverick crusader, who prefers to be called `rms' wrote in the
first dictionary of hackers that `Richard Stallman is just my mundane
name, you can call me rms.'
The need for free software is crucial for a developing country like
India where there is a constant struggle for cost-effective solutions.
Free software can also help bridge the country's digital divide by
encouraging collaboration and community work among
programmers and users.
How to reach UC College, Aluva, Kochi:
* The nearest Railway Station is Alwaye. UC College is around 3 kms
from there on the side of Alwaue-Parur Road.
Distances from Various Locations
1. Ernakulam - 15 kms to Alwaye and 2 kms from Alwaye on Alwaye-Parur Road
2. International Airport - 8 kms to Parur Kavala and 1 km Right to
College from Parur Kavala
3. Thrissur - 40 km towards Parur Kavala and 1 Km right to College
from Parur Kavala on NH 47
4. Coimbatore - 185 km towards Parur Kavala on NH 47
5. Bangalore - 510 km towards Parur Kavala on NH 47
* Reach International Airport Kochi and from there 8 kms towards
Alwaye Parur Kavala Junction and 1 Km right towards Parur.
For more information please contact Mr. Bruce Mathew : +91 9447 209932
Free Software, Free Society
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