As promised, Richard Stallman is coming to give the Trinity Netsoc
and its members a talk entitled 'The Free Software Movement and GNU/Linux
OS'. The talk will be happening at 19:00, March 8th in the Burke Theater
(Arts Building). Various GNU books, CDs and t-shirts will be on sale
after the talk and, as always, there will be a drinks reception to follow
in Doyles pub. Admission is free to members and 3 pounds for non-members.
Here's some info about the man himself...
Richard Stallman is the founder of the GNU Project, launched in 1984 to
develop the free operating system GNU (an acronym for ``GNU's Not Unix''),
and thereby give computer users the freedom that most of them have
lost. GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it and redistribute
it, as well as to make changes either large or small.
Today, Linux-based variants of the GNU system, based on the kernel Linux
developed by Linus Torvalds, are in widespread use. There are estimated to
be over 10 million users of GNU/Linux systems today.
Richard Stallman is the principal author of the GNU C Compiler, a portable
optimizing compiler which was designed to support diverse architectures
and multiple languages. The compiler now supports over 30 different
architectures and 7 programming languages.
Stallman also wrote the GNU symbolic debugger (GDB), GNU Emacs, and
various other GNU programs.
Stallman received the Grace Hopper Award from the Association for
Computing Machinery for 1991 for his development of the first Emacs editor
in the 1970s. In 1990 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation
fellowship, and in 1996 an honorary doctorate from the Royal Institute of
Technology in Sweden. In 1998 he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation's
Pioneer award along with Linus Torvalds. In 1999 he received the Yuri
See you there,
Trinity Netsoc Secretary
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