Richard Stallman: Free Software and Beyond

Jul 16, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One view from the First International Conference Free Knowledge, Free Technology - Education for a free information society in Barcelona (Spain), 15 July 2008. Recap of remarks by Richard M. Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation, including: a) Free Software is about giving freedom to the user and respecting the work done by the community of programmers, b) Electronic book readers are evil, c) Free content for a free life. From the Q&A section - Stephen Downes: should we make it compulsory to share our software at classrooms? does this apply or extrapolate to educational resources? Stallman: sharing should be a fundamental value to be taught at schools, so yes, sharing software should be compulsory, and same applies to content. -BD
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