LibrePlanet 2012 conference announced: March 24th-25th
Previous LibrePlanet conferences have featured many free software luminaries, including FSF president Richard Stallman, Eben Moglen of the Freedom Box Foundation and Software Freedom Law Center, EFF co-founder John Gilmore, GNOME Foundation executive director Karen Sandler, Jeremy Allison of the Samba project, Selena Deckelmann of PostgreSQL, Máirín Duffy of Fedora, and veteran GNU developer Rob Savoye.
"At last year's event, I promised we would make this conference bigger and better than ever before." said Matt Lee, FSF campaigns manager, "All signs point to us making good on that promise."
The conference is open to the public with purchase of a ticket, but associate members of the Free Software Foundation can attend as a benefit of their financial contribution. A goal of one hundred new associate members has been set in order to fund the conference, and new and existing members are encouraged to contribute online at http://www.fsf.org/associate.
More information on the conference, including a mailing list for updates and speaker announcements, is available at http://www.fsf.org/events/libreplanet-2012.
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