[sf-lug] happy software freedom day!

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sat Sep 15 09:16:10 PDT 2007

jim stockford wrote:
>     today is software freedom day. talk it up with someone new to
> the idea.
>     Richard Stallman was in the SF area recently pitching the four
> freedoms, which go something like this, software we use should
> permit:
>      *  The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
>      * The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to
> your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition
> for this.
>      * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your
> neighbor (freedom 2).
>      * The freedom to improve the program, and release your
> improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits
> (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
> The bullets above are from:
> http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html
> The link below gets you in touch with the group that
> tries to coordinate software freedom day activities
> world wide:
> http://softwarefreedomday.org/sfi
> Stallman emphasized that schools in particular should adopt the
> principles and use only free and open source software, partly
> wrt the ethics, partly to encourage those kids interested to become
> good coders (to become a good coder you have to read lots of
> code and write lots of code).
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Our event was on Thursday, September 13th. The entire day was a great 
success and a lot of fun. Link to photos on 
We also had a video crew to videotape two talks: Zak Greant from Mozilla 
Foundation and Richard Stallman from Free Software Foundation. I'll post 
links once the videos have been transcoded into their free (and maybe 
non-free) codecs.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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