Software Freedom Day 2010

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Photo of SFD 2010 at Dallas Makerspace

Photos by Jason Mock, CC BY-SA. For more see Jason's entire Dallas Makerspace Software Freedom Day 2010 set on flickr.

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Event Description

Date: Sep 18, 2010
Time: 1pm - 6pm
Location: Dallas Makerspace, 11020 Audelia Rd, Suite C103, Dallas, TX 75243
Our space is a little hard to find, this map will get you right to our front door.

If you write free software, use free software, or want to learn about software freedom, come join us for Software Freedom Day. We have free swag (free as in free beer) from the Free Software Foundation, Redhat, and Canonical. That means we'll have Redhat Fedora GNU/Linux CDs, Ubuntu GNU/Linux CDs, free software stickers, GPL stickers, anti-DRM (digital restrictions management) stickers, FSF newsletters, and more. We're planning short talks about wide range of free software related topics. We're working on talks about Arduino, Robotics, Blender, Server Management, Perl and more.

Want to free your computer? Bring a computer that has a blank or ready to wipe hard drive! We'll have experts on hand who can help you install GNU/Linux on your computer with a choice of the latest versions of either Fedora or Ubunutu.

Late breaking news: We'll have a limited amount of ice-cold Club Mate available for $5 per bottle. This is probably the only Club Mate you'll find in Texas and it was delivered to us in person by Nick Farr of HacDC, who imported it directly from Germany.

More news: David Duncan, the Redhat Fedora Ambassador for Austin, Texas will be joining us for Software Freedom Day. He's bringing Fedora CDs and other swag for our event. Maybe we can corral him into doing a quick presentation on the state of Fedora or something while he's here.

If you have any ideas or want to join us, get in touch!

The best way to communicate with us on the #dprg irc channel (no irc program? try webchat).

Presentation Schedule

(times are tentative and additional speakers may be added)

  • 1:30pm - Steve Rainwater - Dallas Makerspace and FOSS
  • 2:00pm - Bentley Davis - Blender
  • 2:30pm - GNUZoo - Produce or Perish - make websites with a PHP Wiki
  • 3:00pm - John Fields - The Human Genome Project and How I Got Interested in FOSS
  • 3:30pm - Haley Moore - FOSS models and tools for artists
  • 4:00pm - Nick Perez - The state of Perl 6
  • 4:30pm - Dale Wheat - Arduino: Open Hardware + Open Software *
  • 5:00pm - Marc Bruyere - FOSS projects at tetalab in Toulouse, France
  • 5:30pm - Paul Bouchier - FOSS in HP's Server Processor System *

(* tentative)


On September 18 each year, people all over the world celebrate Software Freedom Day. It's a day when free software developers and users raise awareness in their local community of the benefits software freedoms bring. Some cities have huge events with music, talks, vendors, even cheerleaders, parades, and feasts. Dallas, on the other hand, has largely done nothing. In 2007 a few members of the local Ubuntu LUG met at Tempest Tea on Lovers Lane and handed out Ubuntu CDs. In 2008 there was a small get together at Dave and Busters in Frisco, TX. Neither event was well publicized or attended and there was no event at all in 2009. This seemed like an ideal project for Dallas Makerspace to take on in 2010, so here we are. We want to hold a bigger, better publicized event this year.

Objectives of Software Freedom Day

  • to celebrate software freedom and the people behind it
  • to foster a general understanding of software freedom, and encourage adoption of free software and open standards
  • to create more equal access to opportunities through the use of participatory technologies
  • to promote constructive dialogue on responsibilities and rights in the information society
  • to be inclusive of organizations and individuals that share our Vision

What is Software Freedom and Why is it Important?

Proprietary software takes away control of your computer from you and gives control to others. Proprietary software takes away control of your media by adding DRM (Digital Restrictions Management). Proprietary software takes away your freedoms to use, copy, understand, and improve your programs. Free Software gives those freedoms back. Specifically, free software guarantees users four essential freedoms:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

For more see these documents and videos:

The Free Software Definition - The Free Software Foundation's official definition

Open Source Software Definition - Open Source is a newer term coined to describe a subset of Free Software, with less emphasis on freedom

What is free software and why is it so important? by Matt Lee

How software freedom underpins human rights in our technological age by Pia Waugh

Stephen Fry explains Free Software:

Free Software, Open Source, Copyleft, what's the relationship!?

This Venn diagram was created by Hung Chao-Kuei for the Free Software Foundation to show the relationship between free software variants (on the left) and non-free software variants (on the right).


Photos of Previous Dallas SFD events

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Here's How the rest of the world does it

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Official SFD Information


  • Steve Rainwater - coordinator
  • Peter Smith - planning
  • Cam Cairns - staff
  • Jason Henriksen - staff
  • Andrew LeCody - staff
  • Ian Lim - staff
  • Paul Bouchier - speaker
  • John Fields - speaker
  • Haley Moore, DPRG - speaker
  • Dale Wheat, DPRG - speaker
  • Nick Perez, Dallas Perl Mongers - speaker
  • Marc Bruyere, tetalab - speaker