RMS in Sri Lanka!

Richard M. Stallman more fondly known as RMS, is one the most influential technology thinkers of our time.

Founder of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) , he is the author of the GNU Public License(GPL); the most popular Free Software License around.

Richard Stallman spoke on "Free Software in Ethics and in Practice" which covered

  1. The goals and philosophy of the free software movement
  2. Status and history of the GNU operating system, now used by tens of millions of users world-wide.

RMS was in Sri Lanka from the 14th to the 19th of January 2008.

16th January | 1.30 pm | EOE Pereira Theater, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya

18th January | 10.00 am | SLIIT Auditorium, Malabe.

18th January | 4.00 pm | UCSC, Roof Top, Colombo.

Photos from RMS Visit

Blogs on RMS Visit

Interview with RMS on Nation.lk

 

A very big "Thank you!" to the following for all the support and hard work to make this event a success

  • ICTA
  • SLIIT
  • UCSC
  • UoP
  • UoM
  • NIMB
  • APIIT
  • PC House
  • Cannonical
  • Redhat
  • WSO2

Agenda for event at SLIIT

Venue: Lalith Athulathmudali auditorium, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Malabe

  • 0930 - 1000 Arrival and seating of the invitees
  • 1000 - 1010 Welcome Speech
  • 1010 - 1045 Presentations on Free software Projects
    • Sahana - (Chamindra de Silva / Mifan Careem)
    • Sinhala Localization (Dhanishka)
    • Next Generation Desktop (Siraj Razick)
    • Apache (Sanjaya Karunasena)
  • 10 45 - 11 00 Desktop demonstration - (Buddhika Siddhisena - Think cube)
  • 11 00 - 11 10 Arrival of the Richard M Stallman, Founder of the Free Software Foundation, followed by Drum display.
  • 11 10 - 1115 Introduction to RMS - (Reshan Dewapura, ICTA)
  • 11 15 - 12 45 Key note speech - Richard M Stallman
  • 12 45 - 13 15 Q & A
  • 13 15 - 13 30 Vote of Thank - (Dr. Koliya N. Pulasinghe - Head-IT Department / Dean - Academic Affairs SLIIT)
  • 13 30 - 14 00 Opening of the Free Software Library of the SLIIT-FS Community (SLIIT - Free Software Community) and presenting souvenir Richard M Stallman Free Software Library)
  • 13 30 - 15 30 Exhibition on Free software projects

(Image Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stallman)