Initial Public Announcement of the Formation of CFSG

To: Debian Non-Profit <>
Subject: CFSG: The Community Free Software Group
From: Marco Scoffier
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 15:49:36 -0500

Hello and greetings to the New York City Free and Open Source Software communities, technology special interest groups, and friends. We are pleased to announce the formation of the Community Free Software Group, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals, groups and communities through Free Software education and implementation.

CFSG was created to address the lack of Free Software-based education programs available to community technology centers and non-profit organizations. Existing programs are almost exclusively offered by proprietary, non-free software companies in exchange for tax credits, publicity, and gaining mind-share. By creating programs based on Free Software tools and technologies CFSG will advocate by example, increasing awareness and empowering people.

CFSG brings Free Software to people and the organizations that serve them. Free Software is the tool of choice for serving those who want to learn, providing real technology education, ownership and freedom. We create programs that illustrate these benefits.

As an example of our mission, CFSG is pleased to announce our new project:

“The PC Garage — restoring, customizing and tuning your PC with Free Software.”

A collaboration with Asian Americans for Equality and the Three Jewels Outreach Center, “The PC Garage” is a twelve-week workshop designed to teach kids (ages 13–18) about computer hardware and Free Software by rebuilding donated machines and installing the GNU/Linux operating system. The course will be hosted by Asian Americans for Equality in their new community technology center at 111 Norfolk Street, New York.

CFSG is looking for people interested in bringing Free Software to communities. For more information about CFSG and to find out how to participate, visit the Community Free Software Group at or contact us at

Thank you for your time and attention.

— Marco