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Turtles all the way down to the source code: FSF's Boston Software Freedom Day event to feature Walter Bender

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Sep 15, 2009 06:01 PM

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 -- On Saturday, September 19th, Boston's casual free software users and the technologically curious will gather together for a Software Freedom Day event hosted by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

Software Freedom Day is the international holiday dedicated to recognizing and promoting software that respects computer users' freedom. While the FSF is hosting its day-long public gathering in Boston, other teams all over the globe will be celebrating in their own cities, towns and villages as well.

Saturday's event schedule includes workshops, demonstrations, lightning talks by attendees, and hands-on free software activism. In addition, Walter Bender, the founder and executive director of Sugar Labs, will be the morning's featured speaker. He'll be talking about "Turtle Art," which is a fun and creative educational free software activity for kids that runs in the Sugar environment on platforms like the One Laptop Per Child project's XO. In the afternoon, Richard M. Stallman, founder of the GNU Project and president of the FSF, will speak to participants about how and why to make the move to free software.

"It's usually a relaxed affair, attracting both new and experienced users from the community, getting together in the same space and sharing tips and tricks," said Matt Lee, FSF campaigns manager. This is the FSF's third year hosting a Software Freedom Day event in Boston.

The event will take place on September 19th from 10am-5pm, and participation is open to the public at no charge. More info about the schedule is available at, and RSVPs to are appreciated. The location is in Chinatown at the Encuentro 5 Community Center (, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor, Boston, MA 02111.

More information about other Software Freedom Day events around the world can be found at

About the 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, and its Web sites, located at and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

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Matt Lee
Campaigns Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942

John Sullivan
Operations Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942

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