NORTHERN IRELAND TO HOST TOP LUMINARIES OF FREE SOFTWARE/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
RICHARD STALLMAN AND BRUCE PERENS IN NORTHERN IRELAND MARCH 16th
OPEN SOURCE / FREE SOFTWARE MEANS BUSINESS IN IRELAND
On Thursday, March 16th, in the Spires Conference Centre Belfast, Richard Stallman and Bruce Perens will both take part in a whole day event about Free Software/Open Source Software in business. The event, "FOSS Means Business", is tailored toward IT decision makers and consultants, but the topics are sure to attract a crowd that will challenge other events to be the biggest FOSS event so far on the island.
The event was conceived last December when trade associations and business representatives from all across Ireland met in Newry for a workshop on Free Software/Open Source Software.
Perens and Stallman were among the few software developers in the 80s writing FOSS ("Free Software" or "Open Source Software"). Perens moved into business consultancy and has well over a decade of FOSS-related experience talking to CEOs and CIOs and is often seen as the business face of Free Software. Perens currently works as Vice President of developer relations and policy at SourceLabs.
Stallman is the author of the GNU General Public License, and the founder of the GNU project. He will deliver his rare business-orientated speech "Free Software in Ethics and Practice". A substantial part of his presentation will discuss the redrafting, this year, of Free Software's core software licence: the GNU General Public License (GPLv3). Stallman currently serves as President of Free Software Foundation.
The overall goal of the event is to fuel discussion over transitions toward FOSS solutions, in the private and public sector. As well as the reasons for doing so, the challenges facing such transitions will also be discussed by those with real-world experience.