Software freedom day-today 20 spetember 2008

Mr. Stephen Fry , introduces you to free software and reminds you of a very special birthday.

What is Free Software? This is how gnu defines it:

Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”.

Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
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    Top 20 Linux websites

    I have compiled a list with the most useful websites about Linux (the distro specific sites are not included). They are great resources you can learn from or to find answer to your linux questions. These should be in any linux user bookmarks, so go ahead and look through these links and bookmark your favorite ones:


    Provides information on Linux, Linux resources, and Linux development.


    Includes help, tutorials, tips and how-to guides for Linux.

    3) offers a free Linux forum where Linux newbies can ask questions and Linux experts can offer advice. Topics include security, installation, networking and much more.


    The Linux Documentation Project is working
    towards developing free, high quality documentation for the Linux operating
    system. The overall goal of the LDP is to collaborate in all of the issues
    of Linux documentation.


    Comprehensive information and resources about the Linux Operating System.


    Our goal is to provide all the information necessary to make your use of Linux a success.


    The Linux Software Resource, providing Linux Forums, Linux Server Distro info, Linux Training, Linux Help, Articles, Tutorials, News, Downloads and more!

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    Ubuntu 9.04 codename: Jaunty Jackalope

    As we approach the launch of Ubuntu 8.10, it’s time to create space for

    future plans, and so I’m writing to introduce you to The Jaunty Jackalope.

    Jaunty, the code name for what will most likely become Ubuntu 9.04, will

    be the focus of our efforts from November through to April next year.

    This is the message that Mark Shuttleworth sent it yesterday announcing the codename of the april 2009 Ubuntu release.
    What are some of the major goals for these release? Mark stated:

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    “Ubuntu for non-geeks”

    Ubuntu has experienced its share of success, but it’s still relatively unknown amongst non-technical people. Many aren’t aware that an open source operating system actually exists, and those who are lack the education required to move comfortably from Microsoft Windows to a Linux-based desktop. Ubuntu for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook, by Rickford Grant, introduces non-Linux users to the world of Linux and shows them how to be productive in a complete Linux environment.

    Great review by James F. Koopman.

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