|useR 2010 Conference|
The R-statistics blog was kind enough to post an audio of the keynote address by Richard Stallman at useR2010. Richard is not your typical stereotype of a computer geek. He may look the part but Richard does not pull any punches in his presentation of the free software movement and it's ideology. Richard's talk discusses the history of the free software movement, the Gnu Public License, and his history of dealing with free software.
Why was Richard giving the keynote address when he doesn't have a statistics background? Well the R statistical computing software platform is licensed under the GPL, Gnu Public License. R is free to use, distrubute, modify and improve as long as it's code is given credit to it's creator. This is much of what the GPL represents. Listen to the audio by Richard to really understand his passion for free software and what it means to him and the software world.