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Alyssa Rosenzweig, who spearheaded the reverse-engineering of Apple's GPU, to keynote LibrePlanet

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Mar 27, 2024 10:34 AM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- March 27, 2024 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced Alyssa Rosenzweig, who reverse-engineered Apple's current line of graphics processing units (GPU), as keynote speaker for LibrePlanet 2024. LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community is the sixteenth edition of the FSF's conference on ethical technology and user freedom and will be held on May 4 and 5 at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, as well as online.
Alyssa Rosenzweig, who spearheaded the reverse-engineering of Apple's GPU, to keynote LibrePlanet

"Escape the walled garden: Freeing the Apple GPU" Keynote by Alyssa Rosenzweig

Companies like Apple make software freedom hard to achieve. One major obstacle is their graphics hardware, which often ships without public specifications, free drivers, or native support for free operating systems such as GNU/Linux. On top of that, Apple's drivers are not conformant to any industry standard. But there are free software projects like Panfrost, which defy these companies and build a graphics stack that respects the users' freedom. Alyssa Rosenzweig, who spearheaded the reverse-engineering of the Apple GPU, will keynote LibrePlanet 2024 and explain how the conformant OpenGL® 4.6 support beats Apple and thereby protects software freedom, i.e. the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change, and improve the software that surrounds us. About her work, Rosenzweig says: "The heart of the software freedom fight is resisting abuses of power: surveillance capitalism, vendor lock-in, planned obsolescence, and more. As software freedom activists, we stand in solidarity with marginalized people against oppression, laborers against exploitation, dissidents against authoritarianism. I am merely a graphics developer, but I am glad to do my part, reverse-engineering the way towards a more just world."

"We are thrilled that Alyssa Rosenzweig will keynote LibrePlanet 2024. Her work is fascinating and trailblazing. As long as companies like Apple deny its users the freedoms we all deserve, we rely on free software developers like Rosenzweig to defend it," says Zoë Kooyman, executive director of the FSF. Rosenzweig already keynoted LibrePlanet once before, in 2020, and she received the 2020 Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor.

Headshot of Alyssa Rosenzweig.

This is the third keynote the FSF has announced for LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community. The other keynote speakers will be Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) associate director of legislative activism Hayley Tsukayama, and David Wilson, the creator of the System Crafters channel. In addition to the keynotes, the LibrePlanet 2024 schedule features more than thirty thrilling talks, panels, and workshops. The topics range from how to make a libre movie with only libre software to the threats of so-called "artificial intelligence" and the popular free chess platform Lichess.

About LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the FSF. Over the last decade, LibrePlanet has blossomed from a small gathering of FSF associate members into a vibrant multi-day event that attracts a broad audience of people who are interested in the values of software freedom. LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community will be held on May 4 and 5 both online, and in person, at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. To receive announcements about LibrePlanet 2024, visit the conference website and sign up for the email updates.

Attendees may register to attend LibrePlanet: Cultivating Community in person or remotely. Attendance is free of charge for FSF associate members and students.

For information on how your company or organization can sponsor LibrePlanet or have a table in the lively and centrally located exhibit hall, see the conference website, or send an email to campaigns@fsf.org.

About the Free Software Foundation

The FSF, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its websites, located at https://www.fsf.org and https://www.gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

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