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== Software Freedom Day 2008! ==
 
== Software Freedom Day 2008! ==
  
Software Freedom Day 2008 was a lot of fun. We had a few dozen folks in attendance and gave out free CD's of Fedora, Ubuntu, Dreamlinux and OpenEducationDisc.  
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We are proud to announce that the Upstate Carolina Linux Users Group (UCLUG) will be hosting an event at the Greenville County library [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=greenville+county+library&ie=UTF8&ll=34.906205,-82.386475&spn=0.183292,0.363922&z=12&iwloc=A] in downtown Greenville on Saturday September 20th from 10am-3pm for Software Freedom Day 2008! This
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is the biggest international celebration and outreach event for Software Freedom
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globally with hundreds of teams from all around the world participating!
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In an increasingly digital age, more and more of our everyday experiences depend upon software.
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Software influences how we interact with each other, enjoy different media, vote, get paid, and even
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navigate our roads. Software underpins our very way of life, our basic freedoms such as freedom of
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association, freedom of thought, freedom of choice and much more, yet many people do not realize
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the importance and influence of software and other technologies on their lives.
  
In addition, eight lucky individuals went home with their very own Free Linux PC!*
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What do we mean by Software Freedom? Software Freedom is about a technology future that we can
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trust, that is sustainable, and that doesn't negatively impact on the basic human freedoms we take for
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granted. Untrusted electoral systems can lead to civil unrest and a lack of trust in governing bodies.
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Spyware that watches what we listen to, our banking details and who we email can be installed on our
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computers without our knowledge. Region encoding of movies introduces an artificial barrier to the
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international content; where is our personal choice? Proprietary data formats can keep us from
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accessing and controlling our own information! Software Freedom can be maintained by transparent systems (such as
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Free and Open Source Software) that are based upon open, secure and sustainable standards including
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data formats and communication protocols.
  
View the SFD 2008 presentation here [http://uclug-flpc.googlegroups.com/web/SFD08.pdf?gda=OidrjDsAAACRBW427oFVdfcQDQxrGMkGu_JXXfyMrhgfKyHgozhHR_S9vYDwktukhbOhF-CP37MGRdr3QrylPkw2aRbXD_gF]:
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Software Freedom Day is a yearly celebration of Software Freedom and why it is important; our
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purpose is public education about these important issues.  
  
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Included among the events we will be hosting are:
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* Installfest - Bring your PC and have UCLUG members help you install Linux on it.
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* FLPC - UCLUG's Free Linux PC (FLPC) program will GIVEAWAY at least five computers on a first-come first-served basis!*
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* Classes - Want to get some entry level computer training on using applications in Linux? Join us!
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* Goods - Get a Linux “Live CD” and a copy of the Open CD for FREE!
  
  
 
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[The FLPC program provides donated equipment and open source software to low-income families and individuals in the Upstate area. For more information, please visit www.freelinuxpc.org [http://www.freelinuxpc.org].]
[*The FLPC program provides donated equipment and open source software to low-income families and individuals in the Upstate area. For more information, please visit www.freelinuxpc.org [http://www.freelinuxpc.org].]
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