Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

The goal of Software Freedom Day is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business.

This will be the second year Tauranga has had its own Software Freedom Day event and we will join over 200 other teams around the world.

For more information about free software and SFD, visit the international Software Freedom Day website.

And read about how Software Freedom underpins your human rights.

Everyone is welcome, and this event is free.


Sunday 18 September, 11am-3pm


St Mary's Catholic School, 13th Avenue, Tauranga (follow the signs to the school hall)

What will you see?


  • 11:30 "OSS in Small & Medium Enterprises and Not for Profits"
  • 12:30 "Free vs Paid Software - What Can I Use?"
  • 13:30 "Copyright - Why Free content matters"
  • 14:30 "Instant Infrastructure"


Prizes and Giveaways

  • LCD Monitor valued at $250
  • Computer Support Voucher valued at $120
  • Software


Software Demonstrations

We have 14 volunteers who will be demonstrating the following free software:

  • Various alternative computer Operating Systems (eg Ubuntu)
  • OLPCs (One Laptop per Child) XO Laptops and Sugar Educational Operating System
  • Educational software
  • Model railway design software
  • Genealogy
  • Open Office
  • MySQL
  • Design software; The Gimp, Scribus
  • MythTV
  • Music
  • Android smart phones
  • Astronomy
  • Library software


...and much more.

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Can I help?

Yes please! To spread the word about Free and Open Source software, you can do the following:

  1. Forward a link to this page to your own mailing lists.
  2. Tell your friends, family and colleagues about this event.
  3. Download and print copies of the Software Freedom Day Tauranga flyer, and distribute or place on noticeboards at your work place or school.


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