The GNU Project
The GNU / LINUX System
by Dr. Richard Stallman
on Tuesday 23rd March, 1999 at 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
The Commonwealth Institute
Commonwealth Conference and Events Centre
Kensington High Street
London W8 6NQ
Richard Stallman will speak about the goals, philosophy,
history, methods, status and future plans of the GNU Project, which started in
1984 to develop a free software operating system compatible with Unix.
GNU/Linux, a modified version of this operating system that uses Linux as the
kernel, is now used by millions of people.
Biography: Richard Stallman is the founder of the GNU
project, launched in 1984 to develop the free operating system GNU (an acronym
for "GNU's Not Unix"), and thereby give computer users the freedom
that most of them have lost. GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it
and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. Today,
Linux-based variants of the GNU system, based on the kernel Linux developed by
Linus Torvalds, are in widespread use. There are estimated to be over 10
million users of GNU/Linux systems today.
Richard Stallman is the principal author of the GNU C Compiler,
a portable optimizing compiler which was designed to support diverse
architectures and multiple languages. The compiler now supports over 30
different architectures and 7 programming languages. He also wrote the GNU
symbolic debugger (GDB), GNU Emacs, and various other GNU programs. He received
the Grace Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for 1991
for his development of the first Emacs editor in the 1970s. In 1990 he was
awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and in 1996 an honorary doctorate
from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. In 1998 he received the
Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award along with Linus Torvalds.
There is no charge for this evening presentation and
pre-booking is not necessary.