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Software Freedom Day – 19 September

By Loquaciousness - 15 September 2009 27

Saturday 19 September is International Software Freedom Day. Software Freedom Day aims to promote and inform about programs that are freely available to everyone to install and use. You may be using some of these well known programs:

* Firefox – Web browser
* Thunderbird – Mail client
* Open Office – An office suite for word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, databases and more.
* Scribus – Desktop publishing
* Inkscape – Drawing program
* Gimp – Image editing
* VLC – Media player

To help you become familiar with these and others there are two events organised over two weekends.

Event 1: The Stall

Come to the Software Freedom Day Stall where we’ll be handing out free software as well as demonstrating and discussing the software available. If you have any questions about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) this is a good place to start. Come and have talk to a local expert, or try one of the programs one one of the demonstration machines. Free CDs will be handed out (while available) and many examples of FOSS software for use on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Location: Computer Markets, Old Bus Depot Markets
Date: Saturday, 19th September 2009
Time: 10am to 2pm

Event 2: Install Fest
If you want help installing your free software, or just want to ask some more questions, then come along to the install fest. Bring your
computer and your questions to:

Location: Room N101, Ground Floor, Computer Science and Information Technology building, ANU
Date: Saturday, 26th September 2009
Time: 10am to 3pm

For more information:

General information.    http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/
Information about the Canberra events   http://softwarefreedomday.org/teams/Canberra
Information on some of the programs being given away    http://www.theopendisc.com/programs/
Open Source as alternative      http://www.osalt.com/
One of the distributions of Linux available on the day  http://www.ubuntu.com/
Another distribution of Linux available on the day     http://fedoraproject.org/

Contact Details
Organiser       Paul Wayper
Email   paulway@mabula.net
Phone   6251 5257

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27 Responses to
Software Freedom Day – 19 September
dvaey 9:11 am 16 Sep 09

VITURE said :

Hi can anyone tell me if Ubuntu is harder to operate than Microsoft, also have Ubuntu only got something similar to Microsoft.org office
thanks

The few times Ive used Ubuntu, Ive found it incredibly easy to use with a GUI almost from the start, and a point-and-click style environment. There are a few subtle differences, such as program menus at the top instead of a start button at the bottom of the screen, but the learning curve for ubuntu is quite shallow compared to other linuxes Ive used (and Ive used a few).

Also, openoffice.org will do what you want, its pretty much compatible with M$ office and its file formats. Another app I use often is qcad, great for drawings ranging from a simple sketch upto a complete 3D technical drawing.

Up The Duffy 12:41 am 16 Sep 09

Ubuntu now has 25000 free Apps to download, a lot of which are available to install on Windows, Just with Windows there is a lot of freeware, crapware etc that fills the registry, I prefer to use Linux. But Microsoft office is still the superior office application. Get what you pay for. Just use both, use Linux on what of might of ended up in the dump and Windows on your new stuff, Both will preform the same.But Linux is faster than Vista. W7 I don’t know yet.

VITURE 12:02 am 16 Sep 09

Hi can anyone tell me if Ubuntu is harder to operate than Microsoft, also have Ubuntu only got something similar to Microsoft.org office
thanks

Gerry-Built 11:36 pm 15 Sep 09

My personal fave is the wonderful Paint.NET – an Image manipulation program (think basic Photoshop functionality). Very easy to use – and massive support through the forums… does everything the average home user would need…

notmuchtosay 8:14 pm 15 Sep 09

toadstool said :

Is Open Office free software? Harvey Norman charged us $80 for it when we bought our new PC. We were told that that was a special discount too.

Correct, retail suppliers bank on the fact that not everyone will go looking to download free software and they know they can get people to pay for the convenience. http://www.openoffice.org

eyeLikeCarrots 8:08 pm 15 Sep 09

toadstool said :

Is Open Office free software? Harvey Norman charged us $80 for it when we bought our new PC. We were told that that was a special discount too.

roflcopter

You got charged for them to get the work exp kid to install it by the sound of it….

owned

toadstool 4:37 pm 15 Sep 09

Is Open Office free software? Harvey Norman charged us $80 for it when we bought our new PC. We were told that that was a special discount too.

p1 3:12 pm 15 Sep 09

Maybe we should have International Pirated Software Talk Day.

Isn’t that every day for most people?

Mr Evil 2:30 pm 15 Sep 09

Why would anyone want free software when you can pay through the nose for perfectly functional and bug-free stuff that Bill gates foists on the planet?

(serious question) Is Firefox really that much better than IE?

Hank 1:57 pm 15 Sep 09

joshka said :

Is it ironic that International Software Freedom Day is on the same day as International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

HAHAHA

Maybe we should have International Pirated Software Talk Day.

joshka 10:24 am 15 Sep 09

Is it ironic that International Software Freedom Day is on the same day as International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

fnaah 9:30 am 15 Sep 09

Much love for mythTV. I’m also using XBMC as a front-end for Myth, for bonus geek points.

Loquaciousness 9:10 am 15 Sep 09

There’s quite a few people using Myth TV here in Canberra, and there will be people at both SFD events who will be happy to talk about it with you. Paul Wayper should also be able to point you to some more resources.

L

RandomGit 8:45 am 15 Sep 09

Do a Myth TV stall. Because it runs so well on relatively older hardware.

Kramer 8:12 am 15 Sep 09

RiotACT is a big fan of free software – particularly Ubuntu Server.

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