[sf-lug] happy software freedom day! A research study wants our opinions

jim stockford jim at well.com
Sat Sep 15 20:45:24 PDT 2007


I'm carrying out a study on Free/open source software.

Given the fact that the LUGs gather specialists of this topic, could 
you ask your members to take part in our research project by filling in 
the following questionnaire available on this link :


Don't hesitate to transmit the questionnaire to your colleagues or 
members of the communities in which you're involved.

Thank you for your participation.

Best Regards

PhD student
Center for Organization and Management Sciences
Ecole des Mines de Paris
nordine.benkeltoum at ensmp.fr

On Sep 15, 2007, at 9:16 AM, Sameer Verma wrote:

> 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
> http://opensource.sfsu.edu/node/388
> 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.
> Sameer
> -- 
> Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor of Information Systems
> San Francisco State University
> San Francisco CA 94132 USA
> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
> http://opensource.sfsu.edu/
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