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This month at Free Software Australia we're going to be talking about Federation and the Fediverse. What is Federation, how it's used and what licences are used in federated projects. We'll also look at how software licensing influences federations and what projects have adopted. The Fediverse is a great example of a global network of independent servers communicating through common protocols to provide social networking and other services.
This month marks a pretty significant milestone in the history of the Gnu Public Licence (GPL): 30 years ago Linus Torvalds chose the GPL for the distribution of the recently created Linux kernel — a decision which has had huge consequences for the further development of Free Software.
Licence controversies: Elastic Search and Audacity
Please note updated venue: https://j.luv.asn.au/fsm
*NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING URL* Free software is defined by the four user freedoms and for a long time these freedoms have been ensured by Free Software licenses like the GPL. While not perfect these licenses help preserve the four freedoms for the kinds of applications we use on our desktop computers that do not involve other computers. Things start to get a bit more complicated when we start making software available over a network and using such software. Mix in the popularity of the World Wide Web and it makes it tricky to preserve these freedoms.