RMS was in Huacho, Peru, on
August 24th, to deliver a speech on the free software movement, and to
receive an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Nacional José
Faustino Sánchez Carrión. The provincial mayor of Huaura then
declared him a Distinguished Guest of the city of Huacho.
During the award ceremony, the university rector, Dr. Luis Baldeos,
declared, "Following the criterion that free software is a question of
liberty and should be usable in all forms considered socially
valuable, Dr. Richard Stallman has revolutionized the modern world,
and we are certain that his inclusion in our alma mater will be
outstandingly productive, because here, we form humanist citizens,
scientists and professionals who cope in accordance with the needs of
human development." He later added, "Although our newest doctor
honoris causa developed software for text editing, the GCC compiler,
and the GDB debugger, I believe his main achievement to be the
establishment of a moral, political, and legal framework for the free
software movement, as an alternative to the development and
distribution of [proprietary] licensed software. A movement that we
will incorporate into our university."
RMS was then given a tour of Huaura, which included a stop at
the balcony from which, according to tradition, Don José de San Martín
proclaimed the independence of Peru, in 1820.
(Photos under CC BY-SA 3.0---the first four, courtesy of the Oficina de Imagen Institucional of the UNJFSC, and the last, of Fernando Espinoza León.)
Many thanks to the free software
group UNACINUX for helping make the visit possible!
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