2008 FSF Members Meeting

As I mentioned a couple of entries ago, last weekend I was in Boston to attend the Free Software Foundation's annual members  meeting

It kicked off early Saturday morning amidst a flurry of wet snow.


It was 95 degrees in Austin on this day. 

 

The event was a day long affair held on the MIT campus and featured a dinner that evening at the Middle East.

 
The crowd mills about waiting for the event to start.  There was a very impressive buffet of fruit, juice, danishes etc to get things started right  -- Can't talk Free Software on an empty stomach.


Matt and Josh campaign to eliminate both DRM and yellow jumpsuits. 

After a welcome by Executive Director Peter Brown, campaign managers Matt Lee and Joshua Gay reviewed some of the work they've been involved with over the last year. 

The rest of the day was composed of  a series of presentations including, "The Zen of the Hacker,"  "Ending Software Patents," Freedom and Web Services," and "Hollywood and Free Software" as well as an update on GPLV3.  (I was able to grab Ben Klemens and Henri Poole after their talks on Patents and Hollywood, respectively, for interviews.  Look for those in the next few entries).

The event then wrapped up with an hour an half open mic Q&A with board members.

 
L-R: Exec director Peter Brown and board members Geoffrey Knauth, Mako Hill and Richard Stallman (Henri Poole joined the group after this picture was taken)

All and all an interesting day that ended with great baklava and conversations at the Middle East.

P.S. If you haven't checked out the FSF website recently, do.  Its had a facelift and isn't so drab any more. 

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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