On the road with RMS
For over thirty years, Richard Stallman has been campaigning for software freedom, reaching out to audiences large and small, advocating, seemingly indefatigably, for computer users' rights, in a broad range of venues across the globe. While these past six months were no exception, since he gave almost forty speeches in over thirty cities in eleven countries, they did provide a formal opportunity to pause and take stock, to reflect on all that's been accomplished, and to plan for and look forward to what lies ahead: on October 3rd, RMS and the rest of the free software community came together to celebrate thirty years of the Free Software Foundation.
RMS was in Boston for the festivities, and helped mark the anniversary with an address and the launch of the third edition of his selected essays, Free Software, Free Society. The book remains an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of free software and makes an even stronger case for software freedom. It raises the issue of freedom as it relates to hardware designs and holds updates on the traps and challenges we face, including the dangers of digital surveillance. It's a book that RMS "hope[s] can show you how you might lose your freedom, teach you how to protect it, and inspire you to value it."
RMS's new book is available from the FSF's shop, at https://u.fsf.org/zi. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with any photographs you would like us to share on RMS's blog, at https://fsf.org/blogs/rms, with recordings of his speeches for https://audio-video.gnu.org, or to extend a speaking invitation to RMS. See https://u.fsf.org/129 for a list of his confirmed engagements.