In English In this interview we talk with Richard Stallman, the keynote speaker at Fosdem 2006. Richard Stallman is the founder of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project.
We talk briefly about the drafting process of the upcoming version of the GNU GPL (reports of GPL-v3 related events). Then Richard talks about a whole range of issues that are very much relevant to free and open source software and user freedom in general, namely Digital Rights/Restrictions Management, CRAP, software patents, and HDTV.
For further information: The GNU project website has extensive background information about the philosophy behind free software. It also has an archive with audio and video material, which can be accessed through audio-video.gnu.org. The transscript and links to the video of a keynote by Richard Stallman in Turin on March 18 of this year about the future of free software can be found here. Notes of a lecture at the Australian National University in Canberra in October 2004 can be found here. An interesting keynote by Eben Moglen, the lawyer of the FSF, at the Wizards of OS on June 10 2004 can be found here. The FSF website has an overview of current campaigns. And finally, Sam Williams wrote a publicly available book about Richard Stallman, which is a nice read.
Update @ 15 May 10:14 | At the request of Richard Stallman, this interview has been republished under the following license: “Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted in any medium provided this notice is preserved.”.