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Will the FCC still ban your operating system? (Maybe.)

Eric Schultz

Last year, we thought the FCC was going to ban our operating system. Has anything changed? As it turns out, plenty. Eric Schultz, one of the leaders of the Save Wifi Initiative, highlights the changing interests by the FCC on free software. He’ll also discuss his efforts participating as part of the FCC’s Technical Advisory Council, Software Configurable Radio sub-group to advocate for software freedom. Finally, he will detail specific ways in which we can educate regulators on the benefits of free software-based wireless and protect user freedom.


5 years, 8 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.