Promoting and protecting Free Software
Founded in 1996, April is the main French advocacy association devoted to promoting and protecting Free/Libre Software. With its 3673 members (3304 individuals, 369 businesses, associations and organizations), April is a pioneer of Free Software in France. Since 1996, it is a major player in the democratization and the spread of free software and open standards to the general public, professionals and institutions in the French-speaking world. It also acts as a watchdog on digital freedoms, warning the public about the dangers of private interests keeping an exclusive stranglehold on information and knowledge.
On September 27, 1983, Richard Stallman made the initial announcement of the GNU Project, launching the free software movement.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the initial announcement, several events are being organized on the initiative of the the Free Software Foundation (FSF). The main event, which Richard Stallman will attend, will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge, MA, from the 28th to the 29th of September, 2013.
- Philosophy of the GNU Project
- GNU 30th anniversary celebration and hackathon (September 28 and 29, 2013 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, livestream from the Cambridge celebration at 10am EDT)
- Audi and video recordings of RMS lecture at University Paris 8 on September 21, 2013 (2h00, in French)
- A video to wish a happy birthday to GNU
- Help GNU
- The importance of GNU in April history (video, 14 minutes)
«The goal of April is to set a structure capable of promoting and defending free software with means consistent with the stakes involved. In order to achieve this, April needs your support.
Joining April doesn't require that you be an active member of the association. But thanks to its thousands of members, it will be far easier for April to be heard from elected people, from the government and from social and economic decision-makers. Thanks to your donations and subscriptions, it shall be capable of paying for its permanent employees and employing new people, as required by April's actions and long-term issues that are getting every day more complex.» Lionel Allorge, president of April.
The highest administrative authority of the French Isère region reiterates the importance of Free Software for public procurement26 Nov 2013
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Open Bar contract between Microsoft and the French Ministry of Defence: new documents support political games and Government intervention15 Oct 2013