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Have you heard the radio ads for the CAAST? The Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft and the BSA (Business Software Alliance) are running threatening-sounding radio spots. They claim that if you take action to become "compliant" before a certain date, that you can do so "without penalty."

We must thank CAAST for their awesome campaign in favour of Free Software.

Users of proprietary software can fall victim to extra-legal, software license enforcement raids by the jack-booted minions of the same software monopolies that fund the BSA and CAAST. Nice.

InstaFAQ. How do I add an entry?

It's fun and easy to add a FAQ entry with the Drupal InstaFAQ tool.

  1. Register on the web site. We don't allow anonymous visitors to post on this web site.
  2. Log in.
  3. Create content by selecting the "Create content" link in the left-hand side menu.
  4. Create a Blog entry by selecting "Blog entry" from the Create content sub-menu.
  5. Add the InstaFAQ List Name in the blogtags field. This InstaFAQ is tagged as "instafaq". Others might be "gardening centres" or "consultants".
  6. Add your content to the body of your InstaFAQ entry.

Drupal. What is it?

Drupal is a content management system. It provides flexible, powerful tools that are combined to make web sites.

InstaFAQ. What is it?

"You're soaking in it."

InstaFAQ is a Drupal tool that allows web site visitors to create a FAQ (list of frequently Answered Questions) through their blog entries. If you are looking at a single entry you can find the complete instafaq here .

FLOSS Fund Nominees

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HOWTO Pay for Free Software


We stand on the shoulders of giants.

HOWTO Pay for Free Software

This document is a guide to how to pay for your Free Software. A lot of people have put in a lot of time to make your high quality Free Software. They chose to licence it so that you can modify and redistribute it. They often, although not always, gave you the program without requiring that you pay any money for it.

Despite being cheap to obtain the development, testing, and maintenance of the Free Software you use is not negligible in cost, far from it.

KWLUG online library

Lots of folks look at the library during our meetings. Does anybody use it on the web site? Any problems with it?

Intro to

OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them; the project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways."

An introduction to the Who, What, Where, Why of OSM will be followed by a demo of the steps in collecting, categorizing and contributing data to OSM.

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