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Document Freedom Day 2013 Celebrated In 30 Countries 30

jrepin writes "The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is running its annual Document Freedom Day campaign today to raise awareness of the importance of open standards. This year's Document Freedom Day involves over 50 groups from 30 countries and focuses on open standards in web-based streaming technologies, especially on increasing the awareness and usage of HTML5. This year's campaign is sponsored by Google and openSUSE. To celebrate the Document Freedom Day April has published a poster to explain to software users, the interest of opting for 'open formats' to exchange and store their files."
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Document Freedom Day 2013 Celebrated In 30 Countries

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Face it, software freedom is dead, it got traded for $4.99 copy of Half-Life and three episodes of Game Of Thrones.

    I respect all your work RMS, but sadly people would rather be entertained than free...

    • by serviscope_minor ( 664417 ) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @01:12PM (#43293805) Journal

      Yep, it's true.

      Someone I don't know paid $4.99 for something and my copy of Linux just folded up and stopped working. Due to the death of software freedom I had to install Windows on all my servers.

      And I certainly did not post this comment from a free browser because that stopped working too.

    • by jedidiah ( 1196 )

      I have 15 and 30 year old games that are perfectly playable under Linux despite being "evil and proprietary".

      • Come back to us in another 15 to 30 years. Those games won't even run on Windows.

        • You mean, on LInux, the emulators will stop working? Ditto DOSBox? The ROM images will evaporate?

          • I mean today's game won't be working anymore in 15 to 30 years because the required servers will be long gone.

            • Oh! Gotcha, hadn't thought of it, never played any games online yet. I think you're right. Unless the game's company turned over any server-side proprietary stuff and let a game's community take over.

    • If, in the future, you want to convince someone that software freedom is a good thing, or needs to be protected, you should pick your examples more carefully. You want to pick examples of closed software that people will go "Man, I HATE that!" Steam and netflix work against you here. You mention them, and I think "Hey, I like both of those things. Maybe closed source software isn't that bad?"

      Instead of half life and steam, mention Sim City 4 and Origin. Instead of netflix, talk about trying to get t
  • "By using a proprietary software to read..." Really? What is "a software" -- is that like a hardware, an information, or a clothing? You have a piece of information, not "an information" for example. The brochure should be corrected to "By using a proprietary program" or "a proprietary piece of software..."
    • Or maybe they need to use the grammar check in Word :)

    • Maybe in European languages the connotation is more from 'ware' , usable in the singular (?) sense?
    • The writer's native language appears to be French and the result of the effort to put it into English I considered pretty good. I had no trouble understanding the article.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The poster/other information list mp3s as being closed format, which is technically true because patents are still held regarding them. However, there isn't really a precedent for the patent holders going after any of the open source mp3 encoders that exist (e.g. LAME), meaning that the mp3 format has free/open software that uses it...which is what these people are pushing for, right? Maybe I'm just nitpicking, but I think a push from mp3 to ogg is nigh-impossible as it is, so it seems kind of silly for t

    • And I laughed when I saw "RealAudio" listed. I haven't heard about those guys and their format in about a decade.

  • Every time I try to use it, I am confronted with the intuitiveness and the additional time spent hunting around menus for the things I want (coming from Office 2003). The last time I checked, their replacement for excel is lacking too...

    But by supporting LibreOffice, presumably one could fix those problems, and make the software greater than the competition. Supporting closed source platforms like Microsoft Windows, Office, Gmail, google calander, Exchange, etc... actually prevents decent alternatives fro

    • I use both Libra and Microsoft. There's a big difference in my ability to interact with the world. I want to use LibreOffice whole hog because the interface is relatively stable from one version to the next, but I've concluded my government actively works to shut down open software and open documents, as it races towards "e-gov."

      I loved the pre-ribbon MS-Office interface. (e.g. Office 2003) It had a semi-understandable philosophy of organization, toolbars were stable, easily customized and it took very

  • All their documents are only available in A3 and A4 formats.

    Even if we wanted to use those formats, it's near impossible to find printers and paper for those formats around here.

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