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Help us make LibrePlanet 2012 a success!

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Dec 12, 2011 06:34 PM
The dates have been announced for our next conference -- March 24th and 25th 2012, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A call for papers has also been announced. The conference will include talks from the FSF staff and board, GNU project contributors, and other members of the global free software community. I hope you will join us!

Since 2009, the Free Software Foundation has run an annual conference in the Boston area for free software developers, activists, and the FSF's own associate members. This conference grew out of a smaller members-only event which ran successfully for six years.

The conference has featured many free software luminaries over the years, including FSF president Richard Stallman, Eben Moglen of the Freedom Box Foundation and Software Freedom Law Center, EFF co-founder John Gilmore, GNOME Foundation executive director Karen Sandler, Jeremy Allison of the Samba project, Selena Deckelmann of PostgreSQL, Máirín Duffy of Fedora, and veteran GNU developer Rob Savoye.

We are planning the upcoming conference in the midst of our annual winter fundraiser, the time of year when we work the hardest at inviting new people to become FSF associate members. Our associate members are the most important means of financial support for the Free Software Foundation -- individuals in our community, making a financial commitment to software freedom. Because we want the conference to be an opportunity for these free software supporters to meet each other, our associate members can attend the conference without charge.

At last year's event, I promised we would make this conference bigger and better than ever before. As I and the other staff work hard to bring some of the pioneers of our community together, we are relying on your contributions to help make the financial aspect of this event possible, without hanging ugly corporate banners everywhere.

We just need 100 new members, and the conference is paid for entirely. Funding is necessary for us to provide a comfortable venue, devote enough staff time to promote it and have it run smoothly, and offer other features like audio and video recordings of the talks for future use.

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