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Norway (2004-09-14 to 2004-09-19)

by Richard Stallman Contributions Published on Jul 12, 2010 02:53 PM
I went to Norway to speak at a Java conference, and I was probably the only person in the room who did not know the Java language. (I expect to be in Java a month from now, and I've been studying Indonesian on and off for a couple of years, but I have never learned to read Java.)

I gave a quick explanation of free software and then explained about the Java Trap.

After that, and a speech at a university the next day, I went by car to the small town of Skei (pronounced somewhere between "shy" and "shay"), in the west of Norway where the fjords are. It is in the middle of mountains, some of which have glaciers. This was the first time I had been anywhere in Norway aside from Oslo. (I am guessing that the Oslo area became so populous and important because it is the main flat part of the country.) On the way, and there, I took a lot of photos.

The glaciers are already considerably smaller than they once were. Go see them now, before global warming melts them.

In Skei there were also activists for computerized community currencies. They explained about how their system would work.

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