John Sullivan - "Freedom Embedded: Devices That Respect Users and Communities" (Raleigh, NC)
Oct 26, 2016
from 04:30 PM to 05:15 PM
John Sullivan will be speaking at All Things Open (2016-10-26–27). His speech will be nontechnical and the public is encouraged to attend.
GNU and Linux are now embedded in more kinds of hardware than ever, but nearly always only by requiring proprietary bits. The world’s most popular tablets and phones are based on a free core system loaded with nonfree software on top. How do we get the freedom we all want, and what is the market for that? The Free Software Foundation has a certification program called “Respects Your Freedom” (RYF) that awards a certification mark to hardware meeting a set of free software standards (fsf.org/ryf). Embedded and IoT devices are a major target for the future of this program.
RYF has already made significant gains, especially over the last few years, certifying USB wifi adapters, 3D printers, home wifi routers, and earlier generation laptops. Even bigger things are planned, and most involve the embedded world. Get updates on what’s in store, learn what it takes to get your product certified, hear about the impact of certification so far and the community that has formed around the program, and discuss possible improvements to the standards.
Location: Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
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