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LibrePlanet 2017 will return to MIT thanks to SIPB, March 25-26, 2017

by Georgia Young Contributions Published on Dec 21, 2016 03:13 PM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA – Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that the annual free software conference LibrePlanet will return to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th, 2017.

Photo of MIT Stata Center

This is the fourth year the FSF will partner with MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) to bring this two-day celebration of free software and software freedom to Cambridge, MA. Registration for LibrePlanet is now open, and admission is gratis for FSF members and students.

SIPB is MIT’s volunteer student group which has provided infrastructure and innovative services in computing since 1969. "SIPB has been an integral partner for LibrePlanet since 2014," said Georgia Young, FSF Program Manager. "The FSF deeply appreciates SIPB for extending their work with the MIT and Boston area community to include LibrePlanet."

MIT has a long history with free software. While at MIT, Richard Stallman first developed the GNU operating system, and later published the GNU Manifesto in 1985. In its 31 years of existence, several FSF board members have been affiliates of MIT.

LibrePlanet will be based out of the Stata Center, located in Cambridge, MA, near the Kendall stop on the MBTA Red Line.

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