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Expanding the Tent - Beth Lynn Eicher, Jonathan Nadeau, Deb Nicholson

Growing a movement requires proactive efforts to reach new audiences and recruit new leaders who represent currently underrepresented groups. Hear about the need to expand the tent, and some of the ways to do it, from people who are working towards a more diverse free software movement. Deb Nicholson will talk about her work with The Ada Initiative and OpenHatch, which is focused on recruiting and retaining more women in free software, plus making it easier for new people to get involved. Jonathan Nadeau will speak to just how crucial free software is for people who depend on assistive technology. And Beth Lynn Eicher will talk about her work as Free Software Director of Computer Reach, which deploys free software to developing countries like Ghana.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Free Software Foundation.


10 years, 7 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.