Richard Stallman in Brazil

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.

Update 2012-12-11

Adding to Richard Stallman's public appointments this week, after the previously announced speeches in São Carlos and Sorocaba, Solidarius International takes him to Curitiba, Paraná, to speak about the Free Software Movement, on December 13, at the Federal University of Paraná.

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.


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' freedom.

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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