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  8. <h1>Free Software PDF Readers <a class="FlattrButton" style="display:none;" rev="flattr;button:compact;"
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  15. <p>
  16. What would you think about a sign on the highway saying “You
  17. need a Volkswagen to drive on this road. Contact your
  18. Volkswagen dealer for a gratis test drive – Your Government”?
  19. When it comes to software that opens PDF files, many public
  20. sector organisations do this every day. With
  21. the pdfreaders.org campaign we have turned the spotlight on government
  22. organisations who behave in this way, exposing how frequent
  23. such advertisements for non-free software are. With the help
  24. of activists across Europe, we will contact these
  25. organisations and explain to them how to improve their
  26. websites so that they respect our freedom.
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  29. <h2>What was already achieved</h2>
  30. <p>
  31. Every day, public institutions advertise non-free software on their
  32. websites. Some examples are below. With the help of
  33. our <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/">Fellows</a> and of hundreds other Free Software activists, we have collected over one month 2286 bug reports coming from every countries in Europe, and
  34. also nine countries outside of Europe.
  35. </p>
  36. <p>
  37. <a href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/finanzBrandenburg.png"><img src="/campaigns/pdfreaders/finanzBrandenburg_p.png" alt="Finance ministry Brandenburg" /></a>
  38. <a href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/FPmt.png"><img src="/campaigns/pdfreaders/FPmt_p.png" alt="Foreign ministry Malta" /></a>
  39. <a href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/SachsenJustiz.png"><img src="/campaigns/pdfreaders/SachsenJustiz_p.png" alt="Justice ministry Sachsen" /></a>
  40. <a href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/education.png"><img src="/campaigns/pdfreaders/education_p.png" alt="ministère de l'éducation France" /></a>
  41. </p>
  42. <p>
  43. Our <a href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.html">Petition For The Removal
  44. Of Proprietary Software Advertising On Public Institution Websites</a> was
  45. signed by 48 organisations, 48 businesses and
  46. 1644 individuals. If you haven't signed it
  47. yet, <a href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.html">do it now</a>!
  48. </p>
  49. <h2>Second phase of the campaign: Contacting the public sector</h2>
  50. <p>Finding public bodies that advertise proprietary PDF readers was
  51. only the first step of the campaign. Now we need to build awareness for the following issues:</p>
  52. <ul><li><p><strong>A question of neutrality:</strong> Public institutions should not engage in advertising</p>
  53. <p>By recommending a single non-free program, public institutions are
  54. promoting the proprietary software model. There
  55. are <a href="http://pdfreaders.org">loads of alternatives</a> to the
  56. reader they promote, so there is no reason for public institutions
  57. to further strengthen the dominance of a single company over a part
  58. of the software market. Advertisements on public sector websites may
  59. be fine if they're marked as such and paid for, and if they don't
  60. endanger competition and choice in the software market. When public
  61. bodies act as a marketing channel for a single company's product,
  62. something has gone wrong.
  63. </p></li>
  64. <li><p><strong>A question of freedom:</strong> Public institutions should not ask citizens to use non-free software.</p>
  65. <p><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/about/basics/freesoftware.en.html">Free
  66. Software</a> is software that anyone can use, study, share and
  67. improve. These four freedoms give users the full control over the
  68. software they use. Free Software makes sure you don't have to buy
  69. a company's product if you just want to read documents
  70. that other people send you, including public bodies. Any program
  71. can be checked for security holes, so that problems often get
  72. fixed quickly. Free Software helps protect your privacy, because you can be sure that the
  73. program you're using only does the things you want, and nothing
  74. more. A government that exists to protect and preserve our freedom
  75. should not be asking us to use non-free software.
  76. </p></li>
  77. <li><p><strong>A question of <a href="/projects/os/def.html">Open Standards</a></strong>: </p>
  78. <p>The versions of the PDF format which are <a href="/projects/os/def.html">Open Standards</a> can be
  79. implemented by all PDF readers. If public bodies don't stick to Open
  80. Standards when generating their documents, they make it harder for
  81. Free Software offerings and different vendors to compete in the market.</p>
  82. <p>For all of these reasons, FSFE is asking public administrations to
  83. either remove their advertising for proprietary software or at least
  84. run equal advertising for Free Software, so that users of their
  85. websites realise that they have a choice.</p></li></ul>
  86. <h2 id="subpages">Navigation</h2>
  87. <ul>
  88. <li>
  89. <h3><a href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.html">List of reported institutions</a></h3>
  90. <p>
  91. See which institutions have been reported in your country.
  92. </p>
  93. </li>
  94. <li>
  95. <h3><a href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.html">The Petition</a></h3>
  96. <p>
  97. "Petition For The Removal Of Proprietary Software Advertising On Public Websites".
  98. </p>
  99. </li>
  100. <li>
  101. <h3><a
  102. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/letter.html">Model letter</a></h3>
  103. <p>
  104. The letter that we will send to public institutions.
  105. </p>
  106. </li>
  107. <li>
  108. <h3><a
  109. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/guideline.html">Guideline for contributors</a></h3>
  110. <p>
  111. Do you want to contribute by contacting public institutions?
  112. </p>
  113. </li>
  114. <li>
  115. <h3><a href="http://www.pdfreaders.org">List of Free Software PDF readers</a></h3>
  116. <p>The pdfreaders.org website list all Free Software PDF readers with recommandations of download based on technical compatibility</p>
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