Richard Stallman's blog
People outside the free software movement frequently ask about the practical advantages of free software. It is a curious question.
Companies that develop free software and release it under the GNU GPL sometimes distribute some copies of the code in other ways. If they distribute the exact same code under a different license to certain users that pay for this, typically permitting including the code in proprietary programs, we call it "selling exceptions". If they distribute some version of the code solely in a proprietary manner, we call that releasing a purely proprietary version of the program.
Richard Stallman speaks at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium for the annual FOSDEM event. While in Europe, he travels to the IADIS conference in Spain and visits the Escuela Politecnica Superior de Ingeneiria de Gijon, Universidad de Oviedo as well.
Richard Stallman visits the Yucatan to speak with students at the Universidad del Mayab.
Richard Stallman speaks in Trujillo and Caracas, Venezuela. He finishes off his speaking tour by heading to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
Richard Stallman participates in the United Nations summit in Tunis after being invited by his friends in the Asia Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP).
On Oct 19 I began the first trip in many years that wasn't primarily for the sake of my work. Tania asked me to go to Bogota to be with her in her thesis presentation. I was happy that my presence was important to her, so of course I said yes. After various schedule changes, we settled finally on Oct 19 to 28. That would give me a fair amount of time after her presentation, when she would be more relaxed.
Richard Stallman visits Mexico to speak for a free software event that reinforces the need for all research and development to be free. The event, entitled "Festival GNU/Linux y Software Libre", was held at the University of Guadalajara.
Richard Stallman visits the Chinese University of Hong Kong to talk with engineering students on the issue of copyright and community. Visitors from the Hong Kong Linux User Group also attend the speech.