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  4. <title>2286 public websites advertise non-free software</title>
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  7. <h1>2286 public websites advertise non-free software</h1>
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  10. During Free Software Foundation Europe's <a
  11. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/pdfreaders.html">pdfreaders.org</a> campaign,
  12. Free Software activists from 41 countries have reported 2286 public sector institutions which advertise non-free PDF readers on their
  13. websites. FSFE will now contact these institutions, trying to get as many
  14. advertisements for non-free PDF readers as possible removed before the end of the year.
  15. Progress will be documented on the <a
  16. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.html">list of reported institutions</a>.</p>
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  18. "Public bodies are right to try and make things easy for citizens by
  19. explaining how to open the files on their sites. But by advertising
  20. non-free software, they're doing citizens a disservice", says Karsten
  21. Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe. "Democratic
  22. governments are supposed to give us freedom, not to drive us into
  23. dependence on a single software vendor."
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  25. <p>Most versions of the PDF file
  26. format are <a href="/activities/os/os.html">Open Standards</a>, but the
  27. advertised readers are proprietary. These advertisements help to build a brand
  28. for the one particular non-free software company. The public sector becomes
  29. a marketing channel for that company and its products, making it harder
  30. for <a href="http://www.pdfreaders.org">Free Software PDF readers</a> to gain
  31. market share.</p>
  32. <p>"We're frankly astonished at the amount of responses we got", says
  33. Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Fellowship coordinator. "The number of
  34. reports we've received show that the problem is endemic across all
  35. levels of the public sector." In just four weeks, hundreds of activists
  36. from 41 countries submitted 2286
  37. <a href="/news/2010/news-20100913-01.en.html">reports about advertisement for
  38. non-free software</a> to FSFE. Beside that, already 37 organisations, 45 businesses and
  39. 1418 individuals have signed FSFE's petition asking
  40. public bodies to remove advertisements for non-free software from
  41. their websites. "This shows how many people across Europe care about
  42. software freedom and are willing to get active to help the public
  43. sector solve its advertising problem", continues Kirschner. </p>
  44. <p>FSFE encourages public institutions to remove advertisements for non-free
  45. software from their websites, or at least change their websites so that they no
  46. longer discriminate against <a
  47. href="/about/basics/freesoftware.html">Free Software</a>. In February 2009 <a
  48. href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org">Fellows of FSFE</a> started <a
  49. href="http://pdfreaders.org/">pdfreaders.org</a>, a website listing Free
  50. Software PDF readers for all major operating systems. The website also provides
  51. recommendations based on a range of practical criteria, such as integration
  52. with the operating system and ease of installation.</p>
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