FSF announces LibrePlanet 2010 free software community conference: March 19-21
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA--Tuesday, January 5, 2010 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced the 2010 dates for its LibrePlanet international free software community conference. The three day event will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Harvard University Science Center, from March 19th to March 21st, 2010.
Please visit http://groups.fsf.org/wiki/LibrePlanet2010 to register and learn more.
"LibrePlanet 2010 will be a great chance for both new and experienced free software users to learn about the latest developments with the GNU operating system; participate in workshops, presentations, and lightning talks about key free software projects; discuss practical steps in free software advocacy; and collaborate with others at the conference on code and activism," said FSF's executive director Peter Brown.
As part of the event, the FSF will also be organizing the first US edition of the GNU Hackers' Meetings that GNU maintainers and contributors have been hosting in Europe since 2007. Prominent GNU contributors already planning to come to the conference include Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Gilmore, Emacs maintainer Chong Yidong, GNU Scientific Library maintainer Brian Gough, and GNU LibreDWG maintainers Felipe Sanches and Rodrigo Rodrigues da Silva.
Gilmore will also be giving a keynote speech to the full conference along with FSF president Richard Stallman. Further details about the schedule of presentations will be announced in the coming weeks, and will emphasize a track highlighting women's participation in free software.
The FSF is expanding the conference this year from two days to three to facilitate the GNU Hackers' Meeting and to add more time for collaboration on code and free software activism projects among attendees. Speaker proposals for workshops, presentations or lighting talks will be accepted until January 31st.
FSF's operations manager John Sullivan explained, "The number one suggestion from last year was to create more space and time for people to act on the exciting ideas that were coming up during presentations and discussions. That's exactly what LibrePlanet is about -- so many other conferences are about how to best make use of the free software community toward other ends; LibrePlanet is about how to build and strengthen that community as an end in itself."
LibrePlanet 2010 attendance is free to FSF associate members, with nonmembers who are committed to the ideals of software freedom paying a $60 registration fee to cover conference costs. Space is limited to 250, so the FSF is requesting RSVPs at http://groups.fsf.org/wiki/LibrePlanet2010 or by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees will be using the #libreplanet IRC channel on irc.gnu.org and the discussion mailing list at http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/libreplanet-discuss for advance coordination on the projects they'll be working on during the conference. More information about the GNU Hackers' Meeting component is at http://groups.fsf.org/wiki/LibrePlanet2010/GNUHackersMeeting.
About the FSF
The Free Software Foundation, 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 Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at http://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.
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