Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Richard Stallman To Deliver a Speech at SLIIT

Richard Matthew Stallman often code names as "RMS", is an American software freedom activist, software developer and a hacker is visiting Sri Lanka for two speeches at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) and Peradeniya University. RMS launched the GNU Project to create a free operating system which is similar to Unix, and has been the project's lead architect and organizer. With the launch of the GNU Project he started the free software movement, and in October 1985 set up the Free Software Foundation.

Stallman was a key inventor of the concept of copyleft and also the main author of several copyleft licenses including the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license . Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against both software patents and what he sees as excessive extension of copyright laws. Stallman has also developed a number of pieces of widely used software, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, and the GNU Debugger. He co-founded the League for Programming Freedom in 1989.

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