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Software Freedom Day

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Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about of the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business — in short, everywhere! The non-profit company Software Freedom International coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.

The great brains at Micro$oft are trying to improve their image. Apparently they feel that they have been damaged by the “I’m a PC and I’m a Mac” ads. I think the choice is actually a bit better than that. Micro$oft produces expensive, bloated software but has been widely accepted by commercial organizations. Macs produce pretty machines that run even more expensive software that seems easier to use of you are not  a geek. Or you could just get a free operating system – like Ubuntu – or a cheap PC like my Asus Eeepc notebook – and get free software that works. The little notebook came with everything I needed preloaded and preinstalled and I have not had to “look under the hood” once. And I do not intend to. And if it were not for some proprietary software/hardware issues I would probably be running Ubuntu all the time on this PC instead of 75% of the time.

And WordPress is free too, of course

Written by Stephen Rees

September 20, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in computers