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CONFIRMED: GLM at the 1st International Free Knowledge Meeting of Madrid

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Hello, everyone.

The 1st International Free Knowledge Meeting of Madrid will be hold on May 10th and 11th. In such a meeting, I will introduce GNU/Linux Matters to the Free Software and Knowledge community, with attendees like Richard Stallman.

The exact day of the presentation is not decided yet, therefore, the presentation does not appear in the current schedule.

Further information about the meeting: http://www.libre.org/libremeeting-2007/libremeeting-2007/view?set_language=en

Regards.

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Sounds cool. Keep us posted

Sounds cool. Keep us posted about this and some reactions would be great too.

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Sure. I promiss! I don't

Sure. I promiss!

I don't know how RMS is going to react to the fact that we promote non-fully-free distros.

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Cancelled

I'm sorry to disappoint you people, but the talk was just cancelled.

I just had a long conversation with the President of the Free Knowledge Foundation and my talk was rejected because we have differences with the FSF.

They don't like the fact we also use "Linux", but specially, that we promote non-fully-free distros. Those talks whose speaker says "open source" or "linux", are not welcome. If I was willing to make that change, the talk would go on, but I was/am not willing to do so; its part of our bylaws, our believe.

Freedom is all about Plurality; a harmonious plurality. A meeting on Free Software and Free Knowledge that only accepts talks that fully agree with the organizer*, has no sense of plurality; then it isn't about Freedom.

The conversation was very polite though and I will attend to the meeting anyways. He told me that he's going to introduce me to the people of the FSF.

Cheers.

* The exact phrase was: "the talks must follow the GNU's guidelines".

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Gustavo wrote: * The exact
Gustavo wrote:

* The exact phrase was: "the talks must follow the GNU's guidelines".

While it's unfortunate that you couldn't deliver a talk I wouldn't blame them nor accuse them of being anti-freedom in any way. There are certain very good reasons why some people refuse to condone the use of certain terminology or why are they so strict about 100% Free Software.

To explain this further I'd pretty much duplicate what I said earlier so I'll simply point you to an article: Understanding the Free Software Foundation.

Different terms convey different ideas. Those who don't compromise on their ideals and beliefs are not denying others the freedom, they simply do not want to be the ones participating in acceptance of anything they don't condone, no matter how silly and frustrating that may be to you.

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Hi, libervisco!If it was a

Hi, libervisco!

If it was a conference aimed at anyone who uses a computer, I would understand because the audience might misunderstand free software. However, this was meeting and I just intended to present GLM (what we've done, what we'll do and our believe as explained in our bylaws).

I am not angry/sad though. Actually, I appreciate their openness: Despite they rejected the talk, he was very polite and asked me to discuss further about GLM among other people in the free software/knowledge movement, which, in the end, is what I wanted.

It was just a minor issue for me and I wanted to let you know; it has not made me change my mind about the FSF... I'll be supporting them in all possible ways, within our bylaws.

Cheers!

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I see. Well it looks like

I see. Well it looks like it's just a meeting between people who already agree with each other and have a common agenda, so they all probably share the same views on terminology and strictness. They meet to discuss ways to further promote the cause.

It's good that you'll be there though. Best of luck.

Cheers

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Ah, it's really too bad. I

Ah, it's really too bad. I understand and respect their point of view, too.
I look forward to read any views and thoughts you may have on the conference ;-)
All the best! I'm going to wish I was there too...
Olivier.

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