Computer users who value telecommunications independence know who this gentleman is, through his historic achievement - the GNU/Linux operating system - aided and abetted by a cast of thousands of computer programmers around the world. This real-time, borderless, perhaps futurist online community offers one of the best examples available as to what "sustainability" actually is, keeping alive as it does the sharing principle without which computing could never have developed. The message, networks, and interoperability are important - fundamental even - to human survival in the face of emerging global crisis.
Other examples of the level of influence held by the international innovation stable out of which GNU/Linux comes, are: the Internet itself; Wikipedia (based on GNU copyleft licensing); Mozilla Firefox web browser (free software); Google search engine (GNU/Linux-based); and OnlineGroups.Net <http://onlinegroups.net/> (the E-Democracy.Org <http://e-democracy.org/> platform). So, it is with great and sincere appreciation that this card-carrying netizen can announce the Christchurch speaking details for Richard M Stallman ('RMS'), thanks to the University of Canterbury's Computer Science & Software Engineering <http://www.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz/> department, and their Free Culture Club <http://www.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz/freeculture/>.
Date: Saturday 16 August
Place: Lecture Theatre Arts 1 - A1, east of James Hight Library -
University of Canterbury
Topic: Computers, GNU and Free Culture.
A1 has capacity for 320 persons, and expect it to be packed
hat tip: Rik Tindall