Dr. Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman: Free Software and Your Freedom


  • Monday, October 19, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Dr. Richard Stallman will present Free Software and Your Freedom on October 19, 2015, in Corning Community College’s Commons (1 Academic Drive, Corning, NY). Admission is gratis and the public is encouraged to attend.

Stallman will discuss the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement and the status and history of the GNU operating system, which, in combination with the kernel Linux, is now used by tens of millions of users world-wide. This is a non-technical talk and all students and community members are invited to attend. The topics of free software, copyright vs community, and digital inclusion deal with ethical/political issues that concern all users of computers.

Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started 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, with or without changes. 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 doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

​This event is organized by the Computer and Information Science Department at Corning Community College in conjunction with Student Activities and Student Association. For additional information, please contact DJ Dates (dates@corning-cc.edu).