Numerous admirers of open sourcesoftware across the globe celebrate Software Freedom Day every year.It denotes the freedom such software provides in improving the day today activities of life.
A user, who has ever had a chance tomake use of any vital open source software, would be familiar withthe basic advantages of it. Firefox, Linux or LibreOffice, could bethe basic software that people are increasingly familiar with.‘Freedom,’ the most prominent feature is not just in terms of thefree cost, but also with regards to its liberty from limitedrequirements and lock-in.
Pia Waugh, the former President ofSoftware Freedom International, the organizers of this specialoccasion stated that the technological freedom is entwined with basichuman rights. His article on the Software Freedom Day websitereports, “Technologies that matter to our freedom are used in ourvoting systems, our leisure, our work, education, art and ourcommunication. What does this mean to you? It means that the basichuman freedoms you take for granted are only as free as thetechnologies you use.”
Waugh encourages celebrating the eventin some way if the freedom of technologies is being enjoyed. Thesuggested ideas are:
Attending an Event – Numerous eventsare organized across the globe every year with regards to thecelebration of Software Freedom Day. The interactive events mapguides to find the venues for such celebrations this year. It helpsto proclaim the active support for technological freedom.
Taking a Test drive – SoftwareFreedom Day is the apt day to try out a new piece of open sourcesoftware for personal and official purposes. These free alternativeswould not cost you anything. ‘101 Reasons to Use FOSS’ can be aninspirational resource.
Lending a Hand – To make yourfavorite open source software better, it is not vital to be aprofessional programmer. For instance, a user of Ubuntu Linux canparticipate in the Ubuntu Bug Day to contribute. Every tiny bit canbring about a great difference.
Paying for the Privilege – Freesoftware projects mostly welcomes financial support too. You can be apart of this great venture by contributing in your way to keep theproject going efficiently.
Displaying the Button – The websiteand blog owners can actively participate in the celebrations byadding the Software Freedom Day countdown button to their websites.The countdown might have stopped. It doesn’t matter as you canstill proclaim the importance of the day by doing this.
Singing the Song – Software FreedomDay song is being sung by official software. If you have no events inyour proximity, you can still participate in the celebration on yourown.
Spreading the Word – This is thegreatest action that you can take during this special day. The valuefor the freedom and openness in the software being used can beenhanced when you publicize it through the social media such asFacebook and Twitter or personally.
The celebration might be limited for asingle day. But, by choosing more free technologies and casting yourvote for them, you create an open world.