Saturday 20 September 2008 is Software Freedom Day, a day all about celebrating the amazing open-source software that’s available for free, and exploring the potential of this software to meet the growing need for quality, accessible technology.
The Software Freedom Day website has a great article explaining the importance of free, open-source software:
“In a time when our lives are increasingly dependent on technologies, it is important we take the time to consider the impact of technology on our lives, and the importance of ensuring technology isn’t used to limit us, but rather to take us further along a path of opportunity, innovation and freedom for all people.
“The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a set of basic human rights that most people would agree would be a bare minimum. Not often are our basic rights thought of in the context of technology, but as more and more our lives are dependent on technology, it is a rapidly growing concern. Technologies that matter to our freedom are used in our voting systems, our leisure, our work, education, art and our communication. What does this mean to you? It means that the basic human freedoms you take for granted are only as free as the technologies you use.”
The rest of this article is available on the Software Freedom Day website.
Open Source resources:
- The Open Source Initiative
- Open Source Software Directory
- SourceForge – Repository of Open Source Software
Great open-source software to check out:
- Ubuntu – operating system
- The GIMP – image manipulation (similar to Photoshop)
- Inkscape – vector graphics editor (similar to Illustrator)
- Open Office – complete productivity suite (similar to Microsoft Office)
There are many, many more brilliant software applications available – what open-source programs do you use? Leave us a comment telling us about great programs you think everyone should know about!