Walt Mankowski on 12 Jan 2007 20:56:21 -0000

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CS Distinguished Lecture, 1/16, Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation

My apologies if you've already seen this.  I sent this out to the list
yesterday but never received it back from the list server.  I'm
resending it in case it got dropped somewhere.


----- Forwarded message from Walt Mankowski <walt@cs.drexel.edu> -----

Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 14:18:02 -0500
From: Walt Mankowski <walt@cs.drexel.edu>
To: phl@lists.pm.org, plug@lists.phillylinux.org
Subject: CS Distinguished Lecture, 1/16, Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation
Mail-Followup-To: phl@lists.pm.org, plug@lists.phillylinux.org

I think this was already mentioned on the plug list, but I thought I'd
send out a reminder that on Tuesday afternoon Richard Stallman will be
giving a lecture on software patents at Drexel.  I realize it's not a
convenient time for a lot of folks, but hopefully some of you will be
able to make it.

Stallman, of course, is one of the founding fathers of the open source
movement.  If not for Richard Stallman, I'd probably by typing this
email in vi.


----- Forwarded message from David Breen <david@cs.drexel.edu> -----

From: David Breen <david@cs.drexel.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 11:53:20 -0500
To: talks@cs.drexel.edu
Subject: [talks] CS Distinguished Lecture, 1/16, Richard Stallman,
	Free Software Foundation

You are invited to a

Drexel University Computer Science Distinguished Lecture

The Danger of Software Patents

Richard Stallman
Free Software Foundation

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
2:00 PM

Bossone Research Center Auditorium
(3100 block of Market Street)

The lecture will explain how software patents obstruct software
development. Software patents are patents that cover software ideas.
They restrict the development of software, so that every design
decision brings a risk of getting sued. Patents in other fields
restrict factories, but software patents restrict every computer
user. Economic research shows that they even retard progress.

Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating system
(see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the
freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes
either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU
operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of
computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award,
a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier
Foundation's Pioneer award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic
Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.

Refreshments will be served before and after the lecture.

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