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[News] Free Software Gets More Exposure Down Under, Reaches to Women

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Gets More Exposure Down Under, Reaches to Women
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:44:25 +0100
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Free Software advocate to speak at NZCS event

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| At the free event, Richard Stallman, an international 
| Free Software advocate, will argue that software 
| patents obstruct software development.



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| Attending: Mairin Duffy, Leslie Hawthorn, Adelaida 
| McIntire, Deborah Nicholson, Stormy Peters (via phone), 
| Hillary Rettig, Christine Spang, Hanna Wallach, Marina 
| Zhurakhinskaya
| Opening Statement: Our objective is to increase women's 
| participation in the free software movement and work to 
| make sexism in person or online unacceptable within our 
| community. Women represent less than 2% of the free 
| software movement, yet our participation is a pre-
| requisite for the movements success. Having more women 
| in our community advocating freedom will enrich our 
| movement. 


Is free software major league or minor?

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| Since they use their massive economic power to control 
| the marketplace, they create an enormous incentive for 
| manufacturers to ensure their equipment works with 
| Microsoft software. As a result, nearly every consumer 
| device you pick up at the local discount store will 
| work in Windows. You will have to be a lot pickier with 
| GNU/Linux. Unfair? Monopolistic? Absolutely! But itâs 
| still true, and we pay this cost when we opt for free 
| software.



Sugar Labs and FSF announce joint efforts to promote learning
platform for children

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| Sugar Labs, nonprofit provider of the Sugar Learning
| Platform for children, and the Free Software Foundation
| (FSF), which promotes computer users' right to use,
| study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs,
| have announced joint efforts to collaborate and promote
| Sugar on the occasion of Software Freedom Day, September
| 19th. The FSF will host an event in Boston featuring
| Sugar Labs Executive Director Walter Bender, FSF
| president Richard Stallman, and other speakers. Peter
| Brown, FSF's executive director, said, "The Sugar
| Learning Platform is fast becoming an essential route to
| computer user freedom for children around the world. The
| international free software movement is getting behind
| Sugar, and we want to use Software Freedom Day as an
| opportunity to help draw community attention, developer
| resources, and external funders to the important work
| going on at Sugar Labs."

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