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Once Upon A Time At the MIT AI Lab


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A talk on the philosophy of the GNU GPL, what it is for, and what it does.

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Once Upon A Time At the MIT AI Lab

  1. 1. once upon a time at the mit ai lab... ...a printer jammed
  2. 2. RMS is a philosopher
  3. 3. free software is a philosophy•“free” as in “freedom”•“free” has two roots: •“gratis” at no cost •“libre” freedom
  4. 4. what is the gpl?•what does it give you?•how does it work?
  5. 5. what does it give you?
  6. 6. the four freedoms•zero: the freedom to run the program for any purpose•one: the freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish
  7. 7. the four freedoms•two: the freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor•three: the freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements (and modified versions in general) to the public, so that the whole community benefits
  8. 8. how does it work?
  9. 9. what if we could hack the legal system?
  10. 10. !what if we could hack the legal system using the legal system?
  11. 11. viral inductiveN = 0 : freedom for you
  12. 12. viral inductive N = 0 : freedom for you AND N+1
  13. 13. thanks
  14. 14. pointers1.Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software O’Reilly Press. ISBN:978-14414378842.“We Really Don’t Know How to Compute.” Strange Loop 2011 Talk3.