Bulgaria Welcomes Free Software Founder

Society | February 7, 2005, Monday // 00:00

The founder of the free software Richard Stallman will hold a two-hour lecture in Bulgaria.

Stallman will arrive in Sofia to take part in the annual conference WebTech 2005.

The free software was first launched in 1984 by Stallman, who underlines that free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

The GNU Project has developed a complete free software system named ``GNU'' that is upwardly compatible with Unix. Richard Stallman's initial document on the GNU Project is called the GNU Manifesto.

The GNU Project was conceived in 1983 as a way of bringing back the cooperative spirit that prevailed in the computing community in earlier days---to make cooperation possible once again by removing the obstacles to cooperation imposed by the owners of proprietary software.

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