Richard Stallman in Brazil

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Jue Nov 29 18:04:45 UTC 2012

Brazil, November, 2012---Richard Stallman, founder of the Free
Software social and political movement, again honors us with his
presence in Latin America, this time in Brazil.  The event that brings
him to the region is CONSEGI, the Free Software and Electronic
Government International Congress, that this year will take place in
Belém, Pará, from December 3 to 7.  Thanks to support by CONSEGI
organizers and sponsors, we could schedule, in Goiás, in the Federal
District, and in São Paulo, other speeches by the president of our
sister organization, the original Free Software Foundation (FSF).  The
speeches are all non-technical and open to the general public; for
some, prior registration is required.

At Fórum Goiano de Software Livre, in Goiânia, Goiás, from November 30
to December 1st, he will speak on both event days, about GPLv3 and the
Free Software Movement.

At the University of Brasília, in the Federal District, he will speak
on December 3rd about the dangers of software patents.

His speech at CONSEGI is scheduled for December 6th.

On the 11th, he will deliver the speech “A Free Digital Society” at
the São Carlos campus of the University of São Paulo.

On December 12th, he will speak about Free Software at the Sorocaba
Campus of the Federal University of São Carlos.

We thank the local organizers of each of these events and extend their
invitation for participation in these and other speeches by Richard
Stallman, always announced at FSF's events page.


== About the Free Software Movement

The Free Software Movement promotes software freedom to computer
users, to avoid control and subjugation of users through the programs
they use.  DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) and artificial
impediments to the use, sharing and modification of programs are
symptoms of this social problem, fought through informative campaigns,
political activism and development of Free Software, such as the GNU
operating system and the GNU Linux-libre kernel.

== 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.

== About FSFLA

Free Software Foundation Latin America joined in 2005 the
international FSF network, previously formed by Free Software
Foundations in the United States, in Europe and in India.  These
sister organizations work in their corresponding geographies towards
promoting the same Free Software ideals and defending the same
freedoms for software users and developers, working locally but
cooperating globally.

== About Free Software and Open Source

The Free Software Movement's goal is freedom for computer users.
Some, especially corporations, advocate a different viewpoint, known
as “open source,” which cites only practical goals such as making
software powerful and reliable, focuses on development models, and
avoids discussion of ethics and freedom.  These two viewpoints are
different at the deepest level.

== About the GNU Operating System and Linux

Richard Stallman announced in September 1983 the plan to develop a
Free Software Unix-like operating system called GNU.  GNU is the only
operating system developed specifically for the sake of users'

In 1992, the essential components of GNU were complete, except for
one, the kernel.  When in 1992 the kernel Linux was re-released under
the GNU GPL, making it Free Software, the combination of GNU and Linux
formed a complete Free operating system, which made it possible for
the first time to run a PC without non-Free Software.  This
combination is the GNU/Linux system.

== About GNU Linux-libre

GNU Linux-libre is a project maintained since 2007 by FSFLA to publish
Free version of the kernel Linux, that in 1996 ceased to be entirely
Free.  They're adequate for users who don't wish to give up their
freedoms and for distributions that don't wish to induce their users
to this harmful behavior.


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