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. 

SYDNEY CELEBRATES SOFTWARE FREEDOM, THIS SUNDAY

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).

 

RESOURCES

 

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

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