[Linux-aus] Software Freedom Day 2007 - Sydney report

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Fri Nov 9 05:28:41 UTC 2007

It's been indicated to me that I never put out a report on Software Freedom 
Day in Sydney. Well, better late than never :)

Advocates of free software celebrated at the University of New South Wales on 
16 September for the fourth annual Software Freedom Day. Members of SLUG, 
Ubuntu-AU and the general FOSS community collaborated to spread the message 
of free software to the general public.

Interest and buzz was generated in the days leading-up to the event through a 
poster campaign across the campus. At the UNSW Computer Fair, we piqued the 
curiosity of many computer users with our displays, screencasts and spiels. 
Those who were enthusiastic migrated to our room in the nearby Law Building, 
where we could explain and demonstrate in greater detail. Not only did we 
have many expressions of interest from newcomers in free software and the 
free software community, we also succeeded in bringing those who already use 
FOSS into participation in the local community.

Regrettably, I was not able to take any decent photographs of the event. If 
anyone has pictures, I'd be grateful if they could be sent to me.

I would like to give a big word of thanks to everyone who helped on the day:

	Andreas Fischer
	Brendan Puckeridge
	David McQuire
	James Dumay
	Jim Tsao
	John Ferlito
	Ken Wilson
	Lindsay Holmwood
	Matt Moor
	Peter Baker
	Rodger Dean
	Silvia Pfeiffer
	Anyone else who I may have forgotten (if I have, sorry!)

In addition, I would like to thank those who provided resources in support of 
our efforts:

	Computer Fairs Australia (tables at the computer fair)
	David Vaile, Abi Paramaguru and Alana Maurushat at the UNSW Cyberspace
		Law and Policy Centre (room in the Law Building)
	John Schilit (IBM and Robocode materials)
	Solutions First (Unwired modem)
	Ubuntu Screencasts Team (screencasts and subtitles)
	Canonical (Ubuntu CDs)
	The worldwide free software community :)

"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." - Optimus Prime
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