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[News] Opinion: Free Software Should be Used More

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Underutilization of open-source technologies

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| All open-source projects that fall under the GPL, (General Public License), 
| are not given away for free, they are open for the public to use and are 
| distributed to the public with the understanding that you will use their 
| product for meaningful reasons.   
| [...]
| In realizing what I have just outlined, I am not anti software development 
| companies. There is many great products out there that I have bought and paid 
| for, and I would buy and pay for again. But the fact of the matter is, why 
| pay for something, when you can get it for open?   


Why would a Googler use Solr for search?

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| All for Good is completely open source, so it makes sense that it would opt 
| for open-source Solr over Google Base. 



Free Software in the Icelandic Education System

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| In a special issue of skÃla og nÃmskeià (english: school and courses), which
| accompanied FrÃttablaÃià on the 25th of August 2009, there was an article
| about a project within the Ministry of Education in cooperation with a group
| of free software advocates, to increase the use of free software within the
| school system. One of the reasons for the project is the Ministryâs agenda to
| increase knowledge and competence among students in IT related subjects. We
| (The Icelandic Society for Digital Freedoms) wholeheartedly agree with this
| reasoning as the society believes that access to computer source code and the
| freedom to modify and explore the software will result in a better
| understanding of information technology which in this context benefits the
| country and the nation as a whole. A strong indication of the governmentâs
| understanding of the benefits of free software is for example the fifth item
| on the official government policy for free software (direct pdf) which states
| that students should have equal opportunity to learn about and use free
| software as well as proprietary software.

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