Rackspace Hosts a GNU/Linux Legend

On April 20th, we hosted a very special guest from the Free Software Foundation and GNU/Linux software community. Our special guest was, none other than Richard Stallman, author of the GPL free software license and the bulk of the GNU+Linux operating system that most Linux distros rely on today (including gcc!).

Stallman was in town to lecture on Free Software at Trinity University, but by a lucky turn of events, he stayed at my house for two nights! Since I had his ear, I lured him to the Rack for an FSF.org book signing, and then lunch with a few of our uber geeky GNU/Linux guys. We all had fun and I think that we all learned just how far geeky the geek spectrum goes.

Later that night, our user group (xcssa.org) attended and recorded Stallman’s Trinity lecture. I helped Stallman sell off the last of the FSF.org books and t-shirts, raising over $2,100 in funds for the Free Software Foundation.

I must say, hosting Richard Stallman in my home and within my various personal and professional geek circles was a once in a lifetime experience.

For all the photos and details, see the XCSSA.org photo site.

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Thomas "Tweeks" Weeks is Technical Community Evangelist at Rackspace. He helps connect technical Rackers in their community, leads Rack Give Back and STEM events and brings the tech community, its experts and regional universities into Racksburg to explore what makes the largest Rackspace Dev center tick.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “I must say, hosting Richard Stallman in my home and within my various personal and professional geek circles was a once in a lifetime experience.”

    I Know what you mean!!

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