Whilst cod­i­fy­ing the plans for Soft­ware Free­dom Day in Syd­ney, I decid­ed to put togeth­er a mock press release. A lit­tle of the con­tent is lift­ed from the SFD Web site. Feel free to mod­i­fy it for your needs (localised to your city, etc.) and redistribute. 


For the sec­ond time run­ning, The Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales (UNSW) has been select­ed to form the cen­tre­piece of Soft­ware Free­dom Day in Sydney.

Soft­ware Free­dom Day (SFD) is a world­wide cel­e­bra­tion of Free and Open Source Soft­ware (FOSS). Our goal in this annu­al cel­e­bra­tion is to edu­cate the world­wide pub­lic about of the ben­e­fits of using high qual­i­ty Free and Open Source Soft­ware (FOSS) in edu­ca­tion, in gov­ern­ment, at home, and in busi­ness — in short, everywhere!

Have you ever had your com­put­er soft­ware crash, lose data or get a virus? Imag­ine if after only a few years that the the­sis that you worked on for ages was no longer read­able, or that your pre­cious home movies were no longer watch­able. If you com­plain to the soft­ware com­pa­ny, they try to talk you into spend­ing yet more mon­ey on an ‘upgrade’, which only turns out to be slow­er and bug­gi­er than the pre­vi­ous ver­sion. Ever bought a new music play­er, only to find that it refus­es to play the music that worked just fine on your old player?

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, most peo­ple are liv­ing in this world today.

Soft­ware Free­dom Day exists to show the gen­er­al pub­lic that there is a way out of this vicious cycle. Through the use of free soft­ware, you regain con­trol over your com­put­er and your data. Every per­son has the free­dom to par­tic­i­pate in and use free soft­ware, whether it be on a total­ly free oper­at­ing sys­tem like Lin­ux or on a non-free plat­form like Win­dows or Mac OS.

This Sun­day, the Syd­ney FOSS com­mu­ni­ty will demon­strate how easy it is to install and use free soft­ware to achieve a vari­ety of tasks. Our activ­i­ties shall grav­i­tate around two venues in UNSW:

  • At the com­put­er fair in the Round­house (10am-3pm), we will be demon­strat­ing FOSS tech­nolo­gies to ven­dors and visitors.
  • In Law Room 203 (8am-5pm), we will be host­ing a series of talks and tutorials.

We will also have peo­ple roam­ing around cam­pus spread­ing the news. We will be hap­py to answer any ques­tions that you may have per­tain­ing to FOSS. We will have CDs and oth­er items to hand out, to get you start­ed. If you bring (or buy at the fair) a USB dri­ve, we can trans­fer free soft­ware onto it for you.

If you’re buy­ing hard­ware at the fair, we can help you to get it run­ning with FOSS. If you’re a stu­dent, or just plain curi­ous, we can show you how you can max­imise the poten­tial of your com­put­er, all at no cost to you.

Unlike with non-free soft­ware, FOSS is typ­i­fied by exten­sive com­mu­ni­ty net­works that are able to pro­vide detailed sup­port should you need help. Exam­ples include the Syd­ney Lin­ux Users Group (SLUG), which hosts e‑mail lists, month­ly meet­ings, and oth­er events for peo­ple of all skill levels.

With the finan­cial sup­port of IT mar­ket lead­ers like IBM, HP, Dell, Intel and Google, as well as count­less gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies and com­pa­nies in oth­er indus­tries, FOSS is grow­ing from strength to strength at a phe­nom­e­nal rate.

If you have any fur­ther ques­tions, please see our list of resources below. Oth­er­wise, come and see us on Sun­day, and we’ll show you in person!

If you’d like to get involved as a vol­un­teer, read our plans for the day (linked below).




LotD:  I nev­er got around to writ­ing about the Edu­ca­tion Expo, so I’ll point to Pia’s write­up