Not being one to miss a popular blog topic, I figure I may as well share some of my thoughts on yesterday's software freedom day... celebrations, would you call them? Maybe, but I don't think that was the main point of the day.
I headed on in to the Sydney SFD, in the city. I'd volunteered to do a talk inspired by Dave Neary's blog article "Freedom is not having to ask permission". It wasn't the best presentation I've ever made, but nobody booed me when I was done, so I figure I did OK.
The rest of the day was a fairly relaxed hack/install fest. I think maybe a half dozen people got Ubuntinated, and the rest of the people around were either regulars, coming together to maintain the strong bonds of the Sydney FOSS community, or new people who were keen to see what kind of crazy people we all were, and maybe get involved.
I didn't get out on the street, but my mate tuppa (seen here showing the SFD spirit with the rest of the Town Hall crew) got out and funky with the people on the street, and said that there was good communication happening, and he thinks they managed to connect with a few people, which is good to see. It's important to remember that every person we can show the benefits of Free Software to is 5, 10, 20 people more who will end up using FOSS in their home and work, because the CD (and it's legally produced copies) will propagate from person to person, along with information about the Free Software message.
I heard at the freaky drink place afterwards that Australia had 14 separate SFD events happening, of a global total of around 100. That is a response far greater than our population would suggest, and I think it shows how strong Free Software is in this country.