Software Freedom Day 2008 - This Saturday

Posted by greebo on Sep 17, 2008 7:42 AM EDT
Software Freedom International; By Pia Waugh
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This year Software Freedom Day has some outstanding events planned around the world. There is increased support in Government, education and the industry in helping take software freedom to the masses!

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is the worlds largest outreach event about why software freedom is increasingly important our highly digital world. On September 20, over 500 teams from 90 countries will run events for their local communities to talk about open standards, open knowledge, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and why this is important for the general public. The non-profit organisation 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.

This years SFD has some outstanding events planned around the world. In the Philippines a FOSS bill is being presented to Parliament. Many events around the world are heavily involving the education sector including Universities and schools with specific resources for education available on the SFD website. Actor Stephen Fry even spoke about free software and software freedom with a video done with the FSF about software freedom and FOSS. Some countries are choosing to have Software Freedom Week, including India, Brazil, Philippines and Europe. Last year even the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka got in on the act!

To find a SFD event browse the SFD map for a team near you! And check out our Media page for other SFD news and press releases, and our new Planet for blogs from around the world!

Software Freedom Day is supported by several generous sponsors, including Canonical, the Danish Unix User Group, Google, Mindtouch, Zenoss, Sun Microsystems, linode and BitePR, along with supporters including Open Freeway and the Free Software Foundation. Many thanks also to the many Sun Ambassadors who ran an additional 100 SFD events in Universities around the world.

Happy Software Freedom Day everyone!

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