Brazil's free software forum: wrap-up

Posted by tadelste on Apr 23, 2006 2:24 AM EDT
O'Reilly & Associates; By Andy Oram
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When you go to any hotbed of free software development in Latin America, such as the Fórum Internacional Software Livre (international free software forum) I attended this week in Brazil, it’s clear that Richard Stallman is the hero and the flagship personality. Quotes from his speeches turn up first on every web site discussing the conference, stereotyped likenesses of his signature hair style appear on posters, and supporters line up to pay five reais–a bargain compared to what he charges in Europe!–to get their photo taken with the real article. (The money all goes directly to the Free Software Foundation, so the charge is meant as a fund-raiser, and also–I suspect–to cut down on tiresome time-wasting.)

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