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Taking FOSS to the masses

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Since 2005, a small band of volunteers in many countries has been gathering together on one day of the year to give away free and open source software in order to spread awareness about this genre.

This year the event, Software Freedom Day, will be held on September 15.

A total of 290 teams (as of this writing) will be marking the day in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, Central, South and North America and Europe. Linux user groups will be involved as will other organisations which serve as gathering points for hobbyist and business users of FOSS.

Linux distributions such as Red Hat's community project Fedora, and Ubuntu will be given away on the day. A collection of FOSS that runs on Windows has been collated into one CD, called the OpenCD, and CDs will be distributed as well.

The idea is to create awareness about the range of software available for people from all walks of life.

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