University of Pittsburgh
April 5, 2005

Free Software Advocate Richard Stallman to Speak at Pitt April 7

GNU creator Stallman will discuss goals and philosophy of Free Software Movement

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) presents GNU developer Richard Stallman, who will deliver a lecture titled "Free Software: Freedom and Cooperation," at 7:30 p.m.

April 7, Benedum Engineering Auditorium, 3700 O'Hara St., Oakland.

A 1974 Harvard graduate, Stallman launched the installment of the GNU operating system in 1984 in hopes of creating a UNIX-style program based on the philosophy of free software. (GNU, pronounced "guh-noo," is a recursive acronym for "GNU's Not UNIX.") Variants of the GNU operating system, which use the kernel Linux, are now widely used; although these systems often are referred to as "Linux," they are more accurately called GNU/Linux systems.

Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, which he shared with Linux developer Linus Torvalds and TRON project developer Ken Sakamura.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Free Software Foundation, visit For information on Stallman's GNU project, visit Additional information about the event can be found at