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hpr1973 :: Free/Libre/Vrije Software: The Goal and the Path

A presentation given by Richard Stallman as part of FOSDEM fringe.

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RMS, GNU, Four freedoms. 4.
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Duration: 01:55:29


NOTE for mp3 subscribers: On the request of RMS, we are not distributing this show in mp3 format.

This is a live recording of the presentation given by Richard Stallman as part of FOSDEM fringe. It was recorded at Auditorium D0.03, Campus Etterbeek, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium on Jan 29, 2016. You may remember that pokey interviewed Richard Stallman in episode hpr1116 (

The slides for the presentation are available at

Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often known by his initials, rms,[1] is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users receive the freedoms to use, study, distribute and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software. Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License.
Stallman launched the GNU Project in September 1983 to create a Unix-like computer operating system composed entirely of free software. With this, he also launched the free software movement. He has been the GNU project's lead architect and organizer, and developed a number of pieces of widely used GNU software including, among others, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU Debugger and the GNU Emacs text editor. In October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation.
Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, which uses the principles of copyright law to preserve the right to use, modify and distribute free software, and is the main author of free software licenses which describe those terms, most notably the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most widely used free software license.
In 1989 he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against software patents, digital rights management, and other legal and technical systems which he sees as taking away users' freedoms, including software license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, activation keys, dongles, copy restriction, proprietary formats and binary executables without source code.
As of 2014, he has received fifteen honorary doctorates and professorships.


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Comment #1 posted on 2016-02-25 07:27:18 by Andreas

there is something missing...

Thanks for the upload, but the episode stops after 47 minutes. (The duration listed is around 2 hours...)

Comment #2 posted on 2016-02-27 10:52:43 by James Michael Du Pont

cut off

thanks ken for this, but the ending was quite abrupt, you have more?

Comment #3 posted on 2016-03-22 02:09:15 by Charles in NJ

Does FSF Have an Original?

This file, and one that was sent to the mailing list, is truncated. There is an ending time stamp that goes out to 6900 seconds, but the end of file is encountered at 2703 seconds.

Is this our recording? Or was it made by an FSF "official" recording tech? I don't see enough contents here to get past 45:03.

Charles in NJ

Comment #4 posted on 2016-03-22 12:52:25 by Ken Fallon

The file is corrupt. We're trying to recover it.

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