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On the Road with RMS

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Dec 15, 2017 03:52 PM
Forty thousand! That's about the number of GNU and free software stickers FSF founder and president Richard Stallman has handed out at the twenty-three speeches he's given since last June.

He spoke in seventeen cities in five countries on three continents, to about six thousand attendees. A quarter of his speeches were in Spanish, a tenth in French, and the rest in English. He spoke at nine conferences, five of which he keynoted.

At the end of May and in June, in Brazil, he spoke in Belo Horizonte, as part of the Federal University of Minas Gerais's 90th anniversary celebration. He then gave talks in Campinas, Curitiba, and Brasí­lia.

He then visited Argentina, speaking in Santa Fe, Buenos Aires, Salta, and in San Salvador de Jujuy, where the National University of Jujuy awarded him an honorary doctorate, his fifteenth to date. He also met with legislators to discuss the importance of using only free software in state government and in education. Before leaving the city, he gave a speech to workers in the cyber-defense division of Argentina's armed forces.

In July, in Europe, he gave a keynote speech at the Libre Software Meeting, in Saint-Étienne, France. Next came the International Day Against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) in Genoa, Italy, where he delivered a speech titled “Nonfree software is designed to bite you!”

In August, he returned to the US to deliver a keynote speech at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial conference in Boston, and a talk in Chicago, in September.

Back in Europe, he gave a speech at the Hackathon for Rare Diseases, in Florence, Italy, and keynoted at Informatik 2017, in Chemnitz, Germany. In October, in Bucharest, he keynoted at the Coliberator conference, an annual event organized by Fundaṭia Ceata, a Romanian foundation promoting free software and free culture.

See for a list of RMS's confirmed engagements. Please write to to extend him a speaking invitation. Please also send us any photographs you would like us to share on his blog, at, or recordings of his speeches for our audio-video archive at

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