GetFreedomware.com development has started
We have begun working on GetFreedomware.com, the successor of SoftwareLiberty.com. You are encouraged to participate.
Landy DeField has joined the GLM Advisory board recently; he has been advocating the use of the term "freedomware" to designate free software for a long time. He donated the domain getfreedomware.com to GLM and we are going so start using that term on all our websites.
SoftwareLiberty is a nice little project, but it has had only limited success so far (about 40 visits per day, PR4). I think this is because it is a nice "intellectual" concept, but fails to be immediately relevant to the average user.
Developer Alice has a free software project. She calls it open-source because "free software" is ambiguous and raises many questions from would-be users. Pointing them to long philosophical texts is neither effective nor relevant for her.
She only wants a quick, effective way for user Bob to understand why her software is better than proprietary freeware.
She labels her software "freedomware", optionally with a logo button, and makes a link to getfreedomware.com .
Bob is about to decide which program he is going to use for a specific purpose (say, edit pitcures). He finds Alice's project which says it's freedomware. From there, he visits getfreedomware.com, and in a 45-second read, has grasped enough to now prefer freedomware over freeware.
what we're looking for
The text content is almost finished. It needs corrections, improvements. The 2 critical requirements are
1. to be extremely short. The target is 250 words
2. to be easy to read and comprehend
This primes over precision and exactitude.
The style needs to be changed. We are looking for a less "elegant intellectual", more sexy, attractive, young design - but again simplicity is critical here.
Finally, we are looking for a logo for freedomware.
how to contribute
The fastest way is of course to contribute in this forum, but you can be much more effective by making a checkout of our SVN repository at
You can edit files locally; to commit to that repository, request commit rights by contacting us.
To build the actual site from these repository files, you need to have created an account on our website management system (run by Poliglota, the masterpiece of Gustavo), and then request editing rights by contacting us again.
Once we are satisfied with the text contents, we will open up translation of that, exactly the same way that GetGNULinux.org is now translated.
We'd love to have this site, as well as a couple of translations, on-line by July. We will then change all the references to "free software" into "freedomware" on GetGNULinux.org, and announce everything with a press release in 3 languages.
That's it! I'd love to see anyone participate,