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FSF announces new Executive Director

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Feb 12, 2005 04:47 PM
Boston, MA, USA - Monday, February 14, 2005 - The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the appointment of Peter T. Brown as its new Executive Director.

The appointment follows the departure of Bradley M. Kuhn, who is taking up the post of Chief Technology Officer at the newly created Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). Regarding his departure, Kuhn noted his desire to live in the New York City area and his interest in pursuing a technical role again.

Brown, who has worked at the FSF since 2001 and is currently the manager of the GPL Compliance Lab, and previously a Director of the alternative press magazine, New Internationalist, said, "I am very excited by this opportunity to work closely with FSF President, Richard Stallman, though I am sad to see Bradley leave the organization following such a successful tenure. The FSF faces an exciting year ahead as well as tough challenges. The additional legal resources being offered by the Software Freedom Law Center will give us an opportunity to expand on our GPL compliance efforts. We expect to work closely with the law center and the free software community as we work towards GPL version 3. We're also moving, in two senses, as we have just launched our new home page at, and we'll be moving to new office premises in May, so expect an updated GPL version 2 with that new address."

Asked about the challenges ahead, Brown said, "Everyday it becomes more apparent that the growing success of Free Software threatens established proprietary software and media interests. These interests will continue to see our freedoms as threats, and we fully expect, and are preparing for, further challenges to our community."

About Free Software Foundation: 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. Their web site, located at, is an important source of information about GNU/Linux. They are headquartered in Boston, MA, USA.

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