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Nine questions for a great Linux Day (or any other moment)

Oct 25, 2010, 03:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

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"The organizers of the first Linux presentation in an Italian shopping center asked me to prepare a short list of questions to hand out to all the visitors of that shopping center. They specifically asked for short, very simple questions that would fit in one page and help everybody, especially people with no interest at all in software as such, to get a quick idea of some basic issues, and possibly engage in a discussion. Since such questions may be useful in any occasion in which you want to quickly give an idea of what Free Software is all about to people in the street, here is an English adaptation, published under the Gnu Free Documentation License. The banner-less, printable version is here.

"1. Free Software is software that everybody, including schools and businesses, can legally install, modify, copy and redistribute without any license cost or complicated paperwork. Did you know this?

"2. Lots of Free Software programs useful at home, school or in the office also run on Windows, therefore you can try it without giving up your other computer habits and preferences. The most popular examples include OpenOffice (a free alternative to Microsoft Office), the Firefox Internet browser and the Gimp image editing program. Have you ever tried any of them?"

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