Novell, Free Software, Free Speech and Conference

Boycott Novell Protesters face Novell @ National Conference on Free Software 2008. The story is not good at all. Lots of picture and videos spreading across the globe explaining what really happened there and how the event is being interpreted.

Boycott Novell

Read more about the corporate aiming to rule the world like Hitler:

Book: Introduction to Free Software

Free Knowledge Institute‘s SELF Project and the Open University of Catalonia have jointly produced the book “Introduction to Free Software“. It contains all that you want to know and share about Free Software.

The book provides an introduction to the inspiring world of Free Software, covering its main concepts, some of the most successful free software projects, the specifics of their development and the legal basis that free software licenses provide for the protection of users’ freedoms. It also contains a large directory of glossary, bibliography and links to help the reader explore deeper into this field. While this book provides an excellent introduction to Free Software, it is also an illustrative example of how the SELF Platform can be used.

Authors
Jordi Mas Hernández (coordinator)
David Megías Jiménez (coordinator)
Jesús M. González Barahona
Joaquín Seoane Pascual
Gregorio Robles

Links
[1] http://selfplatform.eu/
[2] http://ocw.uoc.edu/computer-science-technology-and-multimedia/introduction-to-free-software/Course_listing
[3] http://selfproject.eu/en/system/files/Introduction_to_Free_Software–SELF.zip

Attachment Size
Introduction_to_FS–SELF.pdf 2.09 MB

gNewSense – Free as in Freedom

Free software community is celebrating its 25th birthday and boycotting software patents throughout the world. Free Software respects users freedom to use, study, alter and redistribute softwares. Brian Brazil and Paul O’Malley plus contributors have added an Gnu/Linux distribution which is completely free (Free as in Freedom) called gNewSense. You can use this distribution without any restrictive licenses, share it with any one you like, and even join your hands with the community to build and improve this distribution.

gNewSense has a rich graphical user interface, a full office suite, plus web browsers, email management, instant messaging, calendaring and for developers — the full GNU developer toolchain, GNU Emacs, a variety of compilers, debuggers and more.

gNewSense is based on Ubuntu Hardy Heron but all the non-free softwares found on the main distro has been wiped off to protect the freedom of the users.

gNewSense screen shots :

Uspalsh screen

gNewSense Desktop

Also read Free Software, Why Free Software, GNU/Linux project
External Links

Stop Software Patents

The world is urging all to stop software patents today. There have been lots of talks, events, blog posts etc on Internet already creating awareness about the disaster patents can bring in to the world and advocating Free Software.

I shall log some of the reports which I read on news papers today here to help you understand whats going on. Mean while you can also visit website created exclusively for “Stop Software Patents

Few posts found on hindu news paper :


Will patenting take the byte out of IT here?


Why is it important to go the ‘free’ way?

Black-and-white, with some grey areas

If you find any other interesting link, do share it. I shall add them all here.