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[News] Independence Day Uses as Opportunity to Promote Software Freedom

  • Subject: [News] Independence Day Uses as Opportunity to Promote Software Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 19:25:15 +0100
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Celebrate Independence Day By Thanking Your Open Source Developers

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| Not to get all patriotic on you, but I 
| wanted to deliver a simple message as many 
| of us head into this 4th of July holiday 
| weekend. We are celebrating American 
| independence (and our Canadian friends just 
| celebrated Canadian independence). The idea 
| of being free to make our own choices runs 
| deep in our culture. In that spirit take a 
| moment to reflect on what the FOSS (free and 
| open source software) movement has meant to 
| you and to the IT industry.


Ben Franklin Day at The Saratogian: A âDeclaration of Independenceâ from newsroom software (with video)

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| Most of the news and photographs on the 
| pages, and the layout of those pages 
| themselves, were prepared for publication 
| without using the usual newsroom software 
| for writing, editing, toning, cropping and 
| paginating.
| Instead, all this work was done using free 
| software available to anyone on the 
| Internet. And yes, it was hard work. The 
| proprietary software is designed to be 
| efficient, reliable and relative fast for 
| the task of producing a daily newspaper. The 
| free substitutes, not so much.
| [...]
| But between us, producing todayâs paper 
| wasnât easy for the newsroom. News Editor 
| Paul Tackett has been working days and 
| nights, on top of his usual job, to set up 
| most of the dayâs pages in a layout program 
| called Scribus. 


Newspaper tries free software for a day

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| The Saratogian tried an experiment for 
| Independence Day - run free software for a 
| day, to produce the July 4 2010 issue of 
| their (web and print) newspaper. They called 
| it the Ben Franklin Edition *. The free 
| software experiment is part of the Ben 
| Franklin Project of the Journal Register 
| Company, which owns The Saratogian.



Who Should - or Shouldn't - Use Linux?

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| Independence Day may come only once a year
| here in the land of stars and stripes, but
| the topic of independence is one that's never
| far from Linux bloggers' minds.


Who gives a fsck about a license?

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| As someone who uses Linux I do not care what
| license it is under. I use it because it
| suits my computing style. I use it because it
| does what I want, how I want and in the
| manner that I want. The computer becomes an
| extension of me. I cannot achieve that with
| proprietary operating systems where I have to
| conform with how they think I should use my
| computer.


'Lindependence 2008' aims to Free Felton from Microsoft Windows

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| "We're trying to get as many people as possible to switch to Linux, because
| the main thing is most people don't use computers for fancy things, so
| they're wasting money," said Ken Starks, a Linux advocate and owner of HeliOS
| Solutions in Austin, Texas, which strives to create technologies and provide
| cost effective products to its customers.


Lindependence 2008 -- An invitation

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| Lindependence 2008 introduces Linux to the town of Felton, California --
| about 6,000 people who live at the foot of the San Lorenzo Valley in Santa
| Cruz County, California. The plan behind Lindependence 2008 involves
| assisting those wishing to declare their digital independence for an entire
| week -- starting on Independence Day 2008 -- by using their choice of distro
| and FOSS programs.


Linuxy Declarations of Independence

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| It's almost the Fourth of July, and few things represent the freedoms we
| enjoy as Americans more than open source software. Now, if only the
| proprietary world would open up their drivers, quit violating the GPL and
| abandon copy protection, we'd all be a lot happier.

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