CoverSoftware Freedom Day (18 September) sounded great – prize giveaways and demonstrations at Central and  South Libraries, including an install fest.

Boldly I sent forth my chic ubergeek agent for the inside story. She sloped off, dodging tech-head techno-babble and returned saying she recognized Tux the Penguin, before going back to her Nintendo for the rest of the afternoon.

The library’s free internet computers have Open Office - an open source software, and I wanted to know more. So Indiana Jones like, I set off to discover the hidden riches of computer geekdom.

Ubuntu I discovered is an operating system; Open Office is for documents, spreadsheets and presentations; and Firefox, of course,  is a web browser.  Kontact groupware handles your email and calendar; while Konqueror is the file manager.

It all sounded a bit much – but I was told the GNU/Linux Users ~ Sydenham GLU teach and give support for newbies and the Lucid Dojo is a place where you can upskill and learn at your own pace.

Software  freedom day is held each year in New Zealand based on the  principles of the user’s freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. You can read more about the four freedoms on the GNU website.

Find out more from our website:

Find books and electronic resources in the library catalogue: