The Quebec Free Software Week: November 12-20 2005

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FROM NOVEMBER 12-20 2005: The Quebec Free Software Week

Montreal and Quebec, Wednesday November 9, 2005 - FACIL, for the collective appropriation of free information technology, is proud to announce the 2005 edition of the Quebec Free Software Week (la Semaine québécoise de l'informatique libre SQIL), from November 12-20, 2005, in many regions of Quebec. The theme for the week is Connecting people. The SQIL program includes presentations by university researchers, free software installation festivals, demonstrations of solutions intended for enterprise and government, teaching workshops in and educational milieu, screening of documentaries and festivities.

Public participation in this exceptional event will be a chance to familiarize it with the great stakes of Free Software: models and open standards, licenses, royalties, access to and flow of information, computer security, responsible development, healthy use of public funds, appropriation of information technologies, dissemination of knowledge, innovation, etc. Obviously, access to the majority of the activities is free!

The coordination of the SQIL is made possible by "FACIL, pour l'appropriation collective de l'informatique libre" a Quebec association interested in the promotion of free software and open file formats.

What is Free Software / Open Source?

Free Software is software delivered with its source code made available to be consulted, copied, modified and redistributed. Thus allowing it to continuously evolve into a more sophisticated version, in the context of co-operative and community development. The free operating system GNU/Linux is an example of free software. GNU/Linux is named for the GNU project of the Free Software Foundation and the Linux kernel which itself is an amalgam of the name of its originator, the Finnish Linus Torvalds, and the Unix system which is at its origin.

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Source :
Robin Millette, president of FACIL et coordinator of the SQIL

Translation by Patricia Campbell

Information :
Mathieu Santerre
(418) 456-2587
info -at- sqil -dot- info