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New Group Advocates for FOSS in Libraries

May 21, 2008, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)

"A new advocacy group, the Public Software Foundation (PSF), is working to make free and open source software available to local libraries so it can be checked out and used just like a book or video. The premise is simple: hand out one CD and maybe you've taught one person; make it available in a library and perhaps you'll reach hundreds or thousands.

"Todd and Karlie Robinson formed the Public Software Foundation last month to provide Linux distributions and OpenOffice.org to libraries to introduce open source software to those who might not have the opportunity to try it otherwise. The foundation currently has one volunteer in northern Indiana, another in Colorado, and a library request from Taunton, Mass. Other library contacts are in the early stages of discussion as of now as well..."

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