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WhySoftwareFreedomMatters
Who is this guy ?
Ruwan Ranganath
DevOps Engineer - WSO2.Telco
Regional Coordinator - Mozilla Foundation
FOSS - NSBM
FOSS ...
Using Software without Paying ?
Or
“free software” is a matter of liberty, not
price. To understand the concept, you
shoul...
4
Freedom
• Exemption from external control, interference,
regulation, etc.
• The power to determine action without
restra...
5
Software
Collection of computer programs and related data
that provide the instructions telling a computer
what to do an...
6
Software is everywhere
• Personal computer, mp3 players, TV, GPS
phones, cars
• Governments, banks, planes, most compani...
7
Human rights
8
Easy examples
• Emails
• Browsing
• Navigation systems (GPS)
• More...
9
Freedom
• Taken for granted
• Limited
• As free as the technology you use
1
0
What do we need?
• Transparent technologies
• Sustainable technologies
• Technologies under our control
1
1
Transparent
• Emails
• Browsing
• Navigation systems (GPS)
• And the other examples ...
1
2
Less obvious
Sony and the rootkit example:
• Spyware install from music CDs
• Silent and automatic
• Search for piracy...
1
3
Access to source code
Free and Open Source Software:
• Access to source code
• Trust
• Safeguards human rights
Transpa...
1
4
Sustainable
• Opening love letters of your youth
• Extend to any creation
• Public libraries
• Any organizations
1
5
Free formats and protocols
Free and Open Source Software:
• Publicly known formats and protocols
• Everyone is free to...
1
6
Technologies under our control
• Only accessing the source code is not enough
• Can we compile the software?
• To run ...
1
7
Urgency
• More and more technology
• More and more people
• Everyday life
• Internet world
Technology should empowers ...
1
8
What can we do?
• Use and support Free Software
• Use and support Free Formats and Protocols
• Use and support Free Li...
1
9
Free Licenses
Many choices
• GDL, some CC licenses, AL, etc
• Purpose of easily sharing one's creation
• Ability to fi...
2
0
Sita sings the blues
• Free culture artist Nina Paley
• www.sitasingstheblues.com
• Annette Hanshaw: music of 1920s co...
2
1
Lots of free culture resources
• Openclipart.org
• Flick'r
• Jamendo
• Open Font Library
• Thingiverse
• Open Game Art...
2
2
What's next?
• Stop
• Think
• Act
• Use
• Share
• Participate
foss.lk
bsides.lk
2
3
Celebrate Software Freedom
Ask me questions!
This presentation is licensed under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license
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Why software freedom matters

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This Presentation downloaded from : http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/Resources and changed little bit for my presentation at Software Freedom Day 2016 , at Free and open Source Software Community National School of Business Management ( FOSS NSBM ) , Sri Lanka .

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Why software freedom matters

  1. 1. WhySoftwareFreedomMatters
  2. 2. Who is this guy ? Ruwan Ranganath DevOps Engineer - WSO2.Telco Regional Coordinator - Mozilla Foundation FOSS - NSBM FOSS Advocate Linux Guy
  3. 3. Using Software without Paying ? Or “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”.
  4. 4. 4 Freedom • Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. • The power to determine action without restraint. • Personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery: a slave who bought his freedom. (reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/freedom )
  5. 5. 5 Software Collection of computer programs and related data that provide the instructions telling a computer what to do and how to do it. (reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_software )
  6. 6. 6 Software is everywhere • Personal computer, mp3 players, TV, GPS phones, cars • Governments, banks, planes, most companies • Communication, safety, leisure, work, education
  7. 7. 7 Human rights
  8. 8. 8 Easy examples • Emails • Browsing • Navigation systems (GPS) • More...
  9. 9. 9 Freedom • Taken for granted • Limited • As free as the technology you use
  10. 10. 1 0 What do we need? • Transparent technologies • Sustainable technologies • Technologies under our control
  11. 11. 1 1 Transparent • Emails • Browsing • Navigation systems (GPS) • And the other examples ...
  12. 12. 1 2 Less obvious Sony and the rootkit example: • Spyware install from music CDs • Silent and automatic • Search for piracy breaches • Impossible to remove • Led to new kinds of threats
  13. 13. 1 3 Access to source code Free and Open Source Software: • Access to source code • Trust • Safeguards human rights Transparent technologies are about ensuring you can trust the results and operation of your technology.
  14. 14. 1 4 Sustainable • Opening love letters of your youth • Extend to any creation • Public libraries • Any organizations
  15. 15. 1 5 Free formats and protocols Free and Open Source Software: • Publicly known formats and protocols • Everyone is free to implement them • Code accessing the data is readable • Cross program compatibility • Easy to use and implement Sustainable technologies are about ensuring access to knowledge forever.
  16. 16. 1 6 Technologies under our control • Only accessing the source code is not enough • Can we compile the software? • To run it on the same device or another device • To change it to do what we need • To know that the software you use was made from the source code provided Technologies under our control means we are fully deciding what the software is doing for us and are able to pass it on to future generations.
  17. 17. 1 7 Urgency • More and more technology • More and more people • Everyday life • Internet world Technology should empowers everyone equally, where knowledge is forever, and where our basic human freedoms are strengthened by technology, not hampered.
  18. 18. 1 8 What can we do? • Use and support Free Software • Use and support Free Formats and Protocols • Use and support Free Licenses
  19. 19. 1 9 Free Licenses Many choices • GDL, some CC licenses, AL, etc • Purpose of easily sharing one's creation • Ability to fine tune the level of sharing
  20. 20. 2 0 Sita sings the blues • Free culture artist Nina Paley • www.sitasingstheblues.com • Annette Hanshaw: music of 1920s copyrighted • Music is locked away • System prevents from making it available
  21. 21. 2 1 Lots of free culture resources • Openclipart.org • Flick'r • Jamendo • Open Font Library • Thingiverse • Open Game Art • Much more...
  22. 22. 2 2 What's next? • Stop • Think • Act • Use • Share • Participate foss.lk bsides.lk
  23. 23. 2 3 Celebrate Software Freedom Ask me questions! This presentation is licensed under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license @ruwan_ranganath

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