Free Software Foundation President Richard Stallman to Speak at CWDS on Nov. 15

Please join us at the next CWDS Noon Speaker Series for a special presentation by Free Software Foundation President Richard Stallman, a legendary and world renowned activist for free (libre) software.

Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS), California governments’ largest and most innovative project, is seeking to fundamentally change the way state government develops software by leveraging free (libre) software, agile methodologies, and user centered design.  One of the project’s main principles is to research, design, develop and operate a solution that is compatible with the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), and is thus available to be copied and used as a public good by other government agencies and the public at large.

About the Speaker

Richard Matthew Stallman (RMS) founded the free software movement in 1983 when he announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, which is a freedom-respecting operating system meant to consist entirely of free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. He then founded the Free Software Foundation in 1985, of which he is president as a full-time volunteer.  In 1992, the last gap in GNU was filled by the recently freed kernel Linux, producing the GNU/Linux combination that has become widely used.

Since the mid-1990’s, RMS has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, spreading the ethical ideas of the movement and campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws. The term "free software" refers to liberty, not price.

It is distributed under the terms that allow users to run the software for any purpose as well as study, change, and distribute it and any adapted versions.

Details include:

WHO:                   Richard Stallman (RMS)

WHAT:                 Noon Speaker Series - Discussion About Free (Libre) Software

WHEN:                 Wednesday, November 15, 2017

                              12:00pm – 2:30pm

WHERE:               Child Welfare Digital Services
                              2870 Gateway Oaks Drive
                              Sacramento, CA 95833