[svlug] July 20th - Linux User Group of Davis - Electronic Frontier Foundation!
nbs at sonic.net
Thu Jul 3 04:05:19 PDT 2003
[-- I encourage everyone who can, to come to this talk! --]
The Linux Users' Group of Davis (LUGOD), will be holding a meeting on:
July 21st, 2003
6:30pm - 9:00pm
(Doors open at 6:00pm; please try to arrive on-time!)
The meeting will be held at our normal location:
315 East 14th Street
Davis, CA 95616
The topic will be:
"The Empire Strikes Back: Constraining Free Software Development"
presented by: Seth Schoen, Electronic Frontier Foundation
The astonishing success of free software systems in changing the face of the
computer world -- in under twenty years -- has led many free and open source
software advocates to see our movement as an unstoppable force.
Created around the same time as the Macintosh, the GNU system has been said
to have a comparable market share, even though it was largely created by
volunteers. Apache has not just a plurality but even a majority of the
web server market, and Linux adoption continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
These successes in market share, corresponding successes in mind share, and
a robust, growing, and increasingly sophisticated developer community can
make the free software world look like a force of nature. Some unwary
advocates now see the triumph of free software as a foregone conclusion,
or an inevitability.
"Historical inevitability" is no more reasonable in engineering than it has
been in other contexts. Free software has been viewed from the outside as
an anomaly (or, sometimes, as a threat). It is increasingly the focal point
of political struggles, and it is too early to say what the outcome of those
struggles will be. Seth will review the story of the DVD Wars, the broader
debates over copyright policy, current regulatory initiatives. He will also
discuss new technologies such as software-defined radio and trusted
computing, and emphasize that free software's future is far from assured.
Seth Schoen is one of the lead developers of the LNX-BBC rescue system
(formerly the Linuxcare Bootable Business Card). He worked as a
Senior Linux Consultant at Linuxcare for two years; he has also been an
intern at Toronto Dominion Bank and at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory. His long-time interest in civil liberties led him to his
current position as Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. He has been active in the
Bay Area free software community since he moved to the Bay Area in 1997 from
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is comprised of passionate people --
lawyers, volunteers, and visionaries -- working in the trenches, battling
to protect your rights and the rights of web surfers everywhere.
The dedicated people of EFF challenge legislation that threatens to put a
price on what is invaluable; to control what must remain boundless.
LUGOD will also be raffling off a number of books at this event,
so be sure to arrive on time to get your raffle ticket!
For details on this meeting, visit:
For maps, directions, public transportation schedules, etc., visit:
LUGOD is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Linux Operating System,
and which holds meetings twice a month in Davis, CA.
Meetings are always free, and open to the public.
Please visit our website for details:
pr at lugod.org
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