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Home News In Surabaya, STALLMAN is welcomed by Rujak Cingur
In Surabaya, STALLMAN is welcomed by Rujak Cingur
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 08:52
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Several months ago, when Bill Gates (Microsoft owner) visited Indonesia, he was welcomed in very formal way and his speech was listened by white collar society. Compared with the visit of Richard Stallman (pioneer of Free Software Movement) to East Java, Bill Gates’ visit was hundred time more bombastic than Richard Stallman’s visit. In fact, having 2 different ideologies, both are known as the most influential figures in the development of IT.

RICHARD STALLMAN is eating Rujak Cingur (i.e. traditional food of East Java). Photo : EDDY suarasurabaya.net
RICHARD STALLMAN is eating Rujak Cingur
(i.e. traditional food of East Java).
Photo : EDDY suarasurabaya.net


Bill Gates was welcomed like a king. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Indonesian President) served him like a president. Gates’ session held on 9 May 2008 at Plenary Hall-JHCC attracted thousands of Indonesia’s academician, government agencies and ministers. Please compare this with the visit of Richard Stallman (pioneer of Free Software Movement as well as author of GNU General Public License (GPL).

Stallman’s visit was only welcomed by free software community. He visits Indonesia to encourage free software movement community. “There is no special welcoming event. I just want to encourage my free software movement soldiers,” said Stallman during interview with suarasurabaya.net.

Besides Jakarta, Stallman also visited Jogjakarta. He actually did not plan to visit East Java. Knowing that Stallman has free time on 7-10 November, NOOR AZAM, one of free software activists in Surabaya contacted Stallman and persuaded him to visit Surabaya to deliver seminar in several campuses.

In Surabaya, Stallman delivered seminars at Universitas Surabaya and ITS. Besides Surabaya, he also gave seminar at Universitas Trunojoyo Madura. In Bangkalan, he also tried to play Indonesian traditional music instrument called Kendang.

In Surabaya, Stallman also visited Linux Arek Suroboyo Community (KLAS) on Hi-Tech Mall Surabaya. There, he was welcomed by Rujak Cingur. “I like this food, but I don’t like spicy food,” said this 53 years old man.

Conversation and discussion with Stallman were very interesting for KLAS Stallman even tried to speak Indonesian. Stallman also criticizes KLAS as it the community reconciles GNU and LINUX. “GNU and LINUX are different,” said Stallman.


citated from: suarasurabaya.net