It’s been indic­ated to me that I nev­er put out a report on Soft­ware Free­dom Day in Sydney. Well, bet­ter late than never 🙂

Advoc­ates of free soft­ware cel­eb­rated at the Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales on 16 Septem­ber for the fourth annu­al Soft­ware Free­dom Day. Mem­bers of SLUG, Ubuntu-AU and the gen­er­al FOSS com­munity col­lab­or­ated to spread the mes­sage of free soft­ware to the gen­er­al public.

Interest and buzz was gen­er­ated in the days lead­ing-up to the event through a poster cam­paign across the cam­pus. At the UNSW Com­puter Fair, we piqued the curi­os­ity of many com­puter users with our dis­plays, screen­casts and spiels. Those who were enthu­si­ast­ic migrated to our room in the nearby Law Build­ing, where we could explain and demon­strate in great­er detail. Not only did we have many expres­sions of interest from new­comers in free soft­ware and the free soft­ware com­munity, we also suc­ceeded in bring­ing those who already use FOSS into par­ti­cip­a­tion in the loc­al community.

Regret­tably, I was not able to take any decent pho­to­graphs of the event. If any­one has pic­tures, I’d be grate­ful if they could be sent to me.

I would like to give a big word of thanks to every­one who helped on the day: 

  • Andreas Fisc­her
  • Brendan Puck­eridge
  • Dav­id McQuire
  • James Dumay
  • Jim Tsao
  • John Ferlito
  • Ken Wilson
  • Lind­say Holmwood
  • Matt Moor
  • Peter Baker
  • Pia Waugh
  • Rodger Dean
  • Silvia Pfeif­fer
  • Any­one else who I may have for­got­ten (if I have, sorry!) 

In addi­tion, I would like to thank those who provided resources in sup­port of our efforts:

  • Com­puter Fairs Aus­tralia (tables at the com­puter fair)
  • Dav­id Vaile, Abi Para­maguru and Alana Maur­ush­at at the UNSW Cyber­space Law and Policy Centre (room in the Law Building)
  • John Schilit (IBM and Rob­ocode materials)
  • Solu­tions First (Unwired modem)
  • Ubuntu Screen­casts Team (screen­casts and subtitles)
  • Canon­ic­al (Ubuntu CDs)
  • The world­wide free soft­ware community 🙂



LotD: Sign the peti­tion for a Free Soci­ety and against Digit­al Restric­tions Man­age­ment and Treach­er­ous Computing

Software Freedom Day 2007: Sydney report / Sridhar Dhanapalan by Sridhar Dhanapalan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.
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