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  5. <title>FSFE launches Free PDF Readers campaign</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE launches Free PDF Readers campaign</h1>
  9. <p>The <a href="">Fellowship</a>
  10. of the Free Software Foundation Europe is proud to announce its latest
  11. initiative: <a href=""></a>, a site
  12. providing information about PDF with links to Free Software PDF readers
  13. for all major operating systems.</p>
  14. <p>"Interoperability, competition and choice are primary benefits of Open
  15. Standards that translate into vendor-independence and better value for
  16. money for customers," says FSFE president Georg Greve. "Although many
  17. versions of PDF offer all these benefits for formatted text and
  18. documents, files in PDF formats typically come with information that
  19. users need to use a specific product. provides an
  20. alternative to highlight the strengths of PDF as an Open Standard."</p>
  21. <p>The coordinators of, Hannes Hauswedell and Jan-Hendrik
  22. Peters, are pleased to present the latest revision of the site with
  23. short and compact information how users can seize the full benefits of
  24. both Open Standards and Free Software.</p>
  25. <p>"Free Software gives us control over the software we use, and Open
  26. Standards give us control over our data and allow implementations by
  27. many different groups," explains Jan-Hendrik Peters. "We wanted to
  28. show that with the Portable Document Format people can have both."</p>
  29. <p>Hannes Hauswedell adds: "Similar to a Free Software project we started
  30. off with an idea, provided a first implementation, received lots of
  31. feedback, and worked that into a better version of the site. We are
  32. grateful to all the people who got involved. This was a collaborative
  33. effort that would not have been possible without all the contributors."</p>
  34. <p>"The site offers buttons in several languages that we encourage
  35. everyone to put next to PDF files offered on their sites," explains
  36. Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Fellowship Coordinator. "We hope that in a
  37. year from now, no PDF is offered without the vendor-independent
  38. alternative buttons of"</p>
  39. <h2>About the Free Software Foundation Europe</h2>
  40. <p>The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit non-governmental
  41. organisation active in many European countries and involved in many global
  42. activities. Access to software determines participation in a digital society.
  43. To secure equal participation in the information age, as well as freedom of
  44. competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is
  45. dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use,
  46. study, modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
  47. securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people Freedom by
  48. supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.</p>
  49. <p>You will find further information about the work of the FSFE at <a
  50. href="/"></a>.</p>
  51. <h2>Contact</h2>
  52. <ul>
  53. <li>Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57</li>
  54. <li>Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73</li>
  55. <li>Sweden: +46 31 7802160</li>
  56. <li>Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66</li>
  57. <li>UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7</li>
  58. </ul>
  59. <p><a href="/contact/contact.html">Other ways to get in touch</a> with the
  60. FSFE.</p>
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