Software Freedom Day

Small Byte:
"GNU is turning 25 years old lad, married to Linux during early 90's. Their child GNU/Linux is maturing every new day. Colleagues of GNU/Linux (developers) have helped and will always help him to grow exponentially like Moore's Law. Richard M Stallman, God-Father of GNU, planned for GNU/Linux's future long before he was born. He publicly announced this plans on September 27th 1983". :)

Software Freedom Day (SFD) as per wiki is "an annual worldwide celebration of free/open-source software. SFD is a public education effort, not only to celebrate the virtues of free/open-source software, but also to encourage its use, to the benefit of the public." This particular day all FOSS enthusiasts celebrate this event by organizing events like Installation fests, technical talks, free-software essay writing contests for kids, hack fests, etc.

Economic Times interviewed J Schwartz of Sun on the eve of SFD. One of the questions asked by ET:

What are the advantages of a free software world? How is free software different from open source software?

JS: Free software is like free media. It benefits all. Free software has many advantages. First of all it comes with a price tag of zero. (Example: HTML, JavaScript). Secondly, it promotes free innovation and creativity. It’s primarily because of free and open software that Internet has grown to this size. Sun’s Java and Sun Solaris have played a key role in it. But free software may not necessarily be open source software. Free software (as in free beer) may come with a zero price, but may have its source code as closed. We are pushing for a world where all software is both free and open source.

You can read whole interview here.

SFD started in 2004 and has been celebrated every year from then. In 2006 it was decided to be celebrated on every 3rd week of September. This year it falls on 20th September 2008. Every country has their plans of celebrations. You can visit official website of SFD to find out where it is happening in your city. Check out the SFD Maps to find nearby location for you.
I reside in Bangalore, India. This place is called Silicon-Valley of India. But still I could find only one team "Turtule Linux Labs" observing this day. They have also put up their schedule here. I could not find any other listed teams like RVCE, BMS, etc schedules on the wiki. In the FSUG wiki I did find a lot of activities being planned for SFD, but I am not sure if anything has taken shape. I would be glad to be part of SFD and contribute to Free Software.

I am writing this because there are millions of techies in India. But very few of them are unaware of what is Free and Open Source Software. Those techies need to be targetted first than complete novices. We Indians are thriving on IT but we are forgetting that we do have power to drive entire IT field with our Technical knowledge.
SFD can be a education effort to increase more techies in Free Software movement. I encourage the FOSS enthusiasts to bring in more techies into this GNU-FOSS-Linux-OpenSource-GPL-LGPL-CopyLeft-AntiSoftwarePatents funda.


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