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UK PDF Readers Sprint: update

The letters to the UK government departments and institutions requesting the removal of adverts for proprietary PDF readers have finally been prepared for sending!

I wrote a new PHP script to generate the ODT documents complete with envelopes, and then printed and folded them all.… Read the rest


FSFE at OggCamp 2011

OggCamp 2011 attracted 200-300 people, and the FSFE booth was successfully run by myself and Chris Woolfrey. We talked to approximately 60 people, handed out approximately 120 leaflets, received one donation, and sold five t-shirts. FSFE was generally well received and I felt that the booth was a great success.… Read the rest


UK PDF Readers Sprint

On Saturday 13th August Free Software activists came to FSFE’s PDF Readers Sprint in Manchester and found 59 previously unreported adverts for proprietary PDF readers, all of them on UK Council websites. Printing and signing of letters to the institutions began, and nearly half of them were prepared before the end of the day.… Read the rest


Canon GNU/Linux printer support: progress?

This weekend is the UK PDF Readers Sprint in Manchester, and part of the day will be spent sending letters to public institutions requesting that they remove adverts for non-Free PDF software. In anticipation of this task I purchased a printer this week, a Canon IP4850, expensive at around 65 EUR, but I was reassured by the cheap price of ink.… Read the rest