Project Gutenberg

Project Guttenberg is a repository of free online books. Here is a text copy of Alexis de Toqueville's “Democracy in America” so that you might remember what democracy is about and how crucial free access to information is to a healthy democratic society.

Library “radicals” targeted in latest copyright battles


Original last seen at:

In this digital age, the custodians of published works are at the center of a global copyright controversy that casts them as villains simply for doing their job: letting people borrow books for free. Librarians are actively facing free-speech threats. [...] “The mission of libraries is to ensure access,” she said. “The nature of copyright is to restrict access. There's a real tension there.”

Brazil Leans Away From Microsoft


Original last seen at:

Paying software licensing fees to companies like Microsoft is simply “unsustainable economically” when applications that run on the open-source Linux operating system are much cheaper, Amadeu said. Under his guidance, Silva's administration is encouraging all sectors of government to move toward open-source programs, whose basic code is public and freely available.

Open source helps education effort in Third World


Original last seen at:

Open sources local heroes


Original last seen at: The Economist

Adopting open-source software can reduce costs, allay security concerns and ensure there is no danger of becoming too dependent on a foreign supplier. But there is another benefit, too: because it can be freely modified, open-source software is also easier to translate, or localize, for use in a particular language. This involves translating the menus, dialogue boxes, help files, templates and message strings to create a new version of the software.

Building An Open Source Office


Note: This is more than just a new article. The lincproject has a step-by-step case study of completely non-technical people setting up a small office with Linux.

Help introduce charities to free software


Original last seen at:

When I recently searched for organizations that were trying to help introduce charities to free software, and I found practically no information. I find this particularly surprising, as charities are, in many ways, the most worthy organizations to use free software. If you can go to a charity and propose a solution that is more stable and secure, free from vendor lock-in, and free to use and maintain, you can help the organization plough the savings into the work it is there to do.

Building a free software community in a PC Garage


Original last seen at:

Four Debian enthusiasts in New York City got together in 2003 and created the Community Free Software Group (CFSG), a non-profit entity to promote the use of free software in the local community. Since the group's inception, CFSG members have been busy helping young people in city neighborhoods learn how to install and run Debian Linux on hardware donated by area businesses and individuals.

Linux Earns User-Friendly Rating

Original last seen at:

The Relevantive usability study, which can be downloaded from the company's Web site, comes as numerous government bodies and companies in Germany's public and private sectors move to migrate their IT systems away from Windows to the Linux operating system, while others are still debating the pros and cons of such a move.

Gnufans: Free Software in Education


Original last seen at:

Education is about learning and learning is promoted by free access to information. Not just information about science, humanities and other traditional long-standing subjects but also about the technology itself and the issues surrounding it. Technology in an education environment is more than simply a tool, it is also a learning opportunity in its own right.