FSF founder Richard Stallman to open Cape Town conference
Richard Stallman, a founder of the Free Software Foundation and one of the most outspoken advocates of free software will be the opening keynote speaker at next year\’s Idlelo conference in Cape Town. Derek Keats, Executive Director of Information & Communication Services at the University of the Wetern Cape, yesterday confirmed that Stallman would be addressing the conference.
Keats says Stallman is expected to stay in the country for the duration of the conference and is scheduled to give two keynote addresses including the opening address.
Idlelo is a collaboration between the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) and the University of Western Cape (UWC). Other soeakers and presenters at the conference include Loic Dachary from the Free Software France (FSF), Rishab Ghosh, founder of Electric Dreams, Bill Kagai from the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, Dr. Sibusiso Sibisi, president & CEO of the CSIR, Wendy Seltzer from Electronic Frontier Foundation and Dimo Calovski from Electronic Commerce Branch.
Stallman has previously visited the country when he spoke during the launch of the African Free Software branch. See report here.