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Friday, 23 September 2011 09:15

GNOME Foundation head Sandler to keynote at LCA 2012



The chief executive of the GNOME Foundation, Karen Sandler, will be the first keynote speaker at the 13th Australian national Linux conference scheduled to be held in Ballarat from January 16 to 20 next year.

Sandler became the head of the Foundation in June, replacing Robyn "Stormy" Peters who resigned from the post in November 2010 to work for the non-profit Mozilla Foundation.

The GNOME Foundation provides financial, legal and organisational support to the GNOME Desktop Project which was jointly founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena-Quintero in 1997.

A media release from the organisers of the LCA quoted Sandler as saying: "It's a critical time for software freedom and we as a society are making choices that we will live with for a very long time.

"I'm so excited to attend and explore the important free and open source issues with the other speakers and attendees."

Sandler worked as general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Centre before she took up the post with the GNOME Foundation,

Before she joined the SFLC, she was employed by the legal firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London.

Sandler has studied law at Columbia Law School where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. She also has a bachelor's degree in engineering from The Cooper Union and is admitted to practice in New York state.

She is also an officer of the Software Freedom Conservancy.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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