John Sullivan, the Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation (
fsf.org) will speak to our group about
FSF's work and philosophy. University of Hartford, United Technologies Building, Third Floor, ROOM 303. Free WiFi will be provided again.
The Free Software Foundation is in its 26th year. John was just named its new executive director in March, but has been with the FSF since 2003. Originally, the FSF's primary role was to develop and distribute free software. Much has changed in 26 years, as many others have joined the movement and started developing free software, and the FSF has evolved to take more of a leadership and steward role. John will give an overview of how the FSF works nowadays, what its current projects and campaigns are, and how people can get involved. There will be time to focus on some specific topics according to people's interest, such as what current trends like mobile computing, ebooks, and network services mean for free software.