Prof.Eben Moglen, Founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center, and also the architect of GPL v3 is in Bangalore doing a series of talks and interactions pertaining to the freedom in the digital world.
Today, Prof.Eben visited St.Joseph’s College, Bangalore in an event organized by FSMK. FSMK has come up with a Free Software course of 120 hours with an elaborate introduction to the world of Free Software in an application oriented approach. The syllabus can be found at this link.
Prof.Eben delivered the first lecture of the series, and hence inaugurating the program officially.
In his talk, Prof.Eben introduced the concept of Free Software to the keen but novice audience, drawing analogies from Free Science to Free Software, with emphasis on the Freedom aspect. Talking about the course proposed by FSMK, Prof.Eben said that it was the best course currently in the world for such a cause, which can be emulated world across to incorporate Free Software in the education system. He urged students to take up this course, for it would also prepare them for the industry.
This talk went on for 20 minutes.
In his second stint, during the interaction with the audience, for my question about “Monetizing Free Software”, he ended up by saying “Put some free software into your brain, and that brain is much wanted by all major players!”.
Later on, when asked about the Google-Oracle law suit, Prof.Eben dramatically elucidated the case going on, the benefactors, the temporary allies and the losers of the lawsuit. He apprehended about a prospective Oracle-IBM lawsuit on JAVA lines, for that would hurt the freedom of users.
He also spoke about the reasons for the current state of M$( failure of Windows Vista, 7…), which has grown obese with its baggage of proprietary applications. He also touched upon the architecture specificity(/rigidity) of M$ which hasn’t been able to compete with omni-architecture supporting GNU/Linux.
He gave insights into the Intel Atom and the Nokia ‘cynical’ deal that is going nowhere, and the troubles Intel is facing with its Meego and Atom projects.
Most importantly, Prof.Eben also spoke about the cause he is batting for, with respect to ‘securing privacy of users’, with the OpenPlug,GNUplug like devices with a Free Stack, to curb the privacy infringement by the cloud and cloud application developers.
It was an amazing experience, witnessing Prof.Eben; As one of our FSMK activists mentioned “He is one of the 100 Most Influential Speakers of contemporary world” ,and not surprisingly he pleasantly overwhelmed us, by getting us acquainted with the different facets of the Freedom Struggle in the digital world. Every interaction with Prof.Eben transforms into a strong motivation, which would drive us to take up the Movement further, in creating a “Free World( Free,as in Freedom)”