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"Logiciel libre, société libre": Free software activism in France and Europe


Etienne Gonnu is the public affairs officer at April, a French free software advocacy organization. Since 1996, April has worked to proliferate and advocate free software throughout the French-speaking world, and acts as a watchdog on digital freedoms.

In his talk, Etienne gives an overview of April’s work, details their work with French and European governments to create a benevolent political and legislative environment, and shares April’s perspectives, strategies, successes, and challenges.


2 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.