Stallman in Moscow!

    Three years after his first and so far only visit to Russia, Richard Stallman, the founder of the free software movement, comes to Moscow. His speech will be the key message of the conference “Why the future is free software”, which will be held under the auspices of the Russian Association for the Promotion of Free Software Development (RASPO) on December 1, 2011.

    The president of the Free Software Foundation, the author of the worldwide bestseller “Free Software, Free Society” and just a legendary person, Mr. Stallman will share with the conference participants his original views on the principles of freedom and try to give an objective assessment of the positive and negative consequences of the rapid development of digital technologies in modern the world.

    Following a previous visit to Mr. Stallman, tectonic changes have occurred in Russia in relation to free software. Government initiatives were developed to introduce open source software in government bodies, the formation of the National Software Platform began, and the Open Standard for Office Documents (ODF) came into force.

    The organizers of the conference “Why the future is free software” hope that the current visit of Richard Stallman will also contribute to the growth of popularity of open source software in our country. And the ideas voiced by him will make it possible to include not only the state, but also the corporate sector of the economy in the SPO orbit.

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