Update: Software Freedom Day 2008

This Saturday the 20th of September is Software Freedom Day, a celebration of all the great things Free Software provides for all of us. I realise I’m a bit late in posting this but I just wanted to urge all of you to think about attending a local event if there is one and getting involved. The term Free Software can be confusing I know, it’s tough to know how it’s different from open source if you’re new to all this… or even if you’re not to be honest. So here’s the GNU definition of Free Software. It revolves around the what are commonly called the 4 freedoms:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour .
  • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
The Free Software Foundation recently got well known actor/writer/presenter/director and all round smart bloke Stephen Fry to make a video celebrating 25 years of GNU (GNU’s Not Unix). This also provides some explanation of software freedom and what it all means. It might be useful to watch this if you are looking to find out more.

Check out the video here >>

Software Freedom Day is about helping to spread the message and celebrate the good things we can all gain from sharing. There are lots of events going on worldwide, organised by ordinary folks like you and me. People who want to get involved. There are also lots of big companies sponsoring the event like Canonical(Makers of Ubuntu), Sun Microsystems, and Google to name a few. It’s been growing steadily each year and this time there are 500 teams registered to run events on the day. So head over to the Software Freedom Day website and see if there’s one near you. If you have some free time on Saturday maybe wander down and see what’s going on, you might meet some cool people and who knows you might even have fun. Imagine that 🙂

If there’s any readers in my neck of the woods (North West England) you could head along to the event in Manchester being organised by the good people at Manchester Free Software. They’re going to be down at the Marbella Cafe from 11am to 4pm demonstrating free software and generally hanging out. Have a great Software Freedom Day everyone!

One comment

  1. Ah nice reading for my lunch break! Yeah software freedom day is really great idea its insane how big it is actually getting and its really helping to spread the free software.

    2 guys at work here just got dell ubuntu laptops (mostly because of me ;)) and cant believe linux is as it is. Linux has this bad representation in the enterprise world as being something only on servers and thats all its good for but when people see my ubuntu laptop its like omg! firefox is the first thing they notice then compiz 😀

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