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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Promotional Leaflet

From: John Southern
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Promotional Leaflet
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:58:00 +0100
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Hi Lucy,

Thank you for doing that.

For some reason, both the front and back sheet both print out as two pages 
each with a blank page.

On the front page under Fedora - 
"Originaly" should be "Originally"
"heratige" should be "heritage"

"Firefox" used in heading but "FireFox" used in text.

Printed out, the Floating Gnu appears fine in monochrome except there is some 
faint pixels around the image. I guess these are cream pixels, certainly next 
to the collar on the left side.
Does Tux have some of his head trimmed?

On the back page, the outer two sides appear on a darker background than on 
the front page. Is this intentional?

I am attaching the text just in case anyone is on a console only box.

GNU/Linux is an operating system and is a free alternative to MS Windows or 
MacOS X.
It runs well on many different types of machines from the newest gaming PC to 
an ancient office computer that might otherwise be thrown out.
GNU/Linux is frequently shortened to just Linux, but its full name reflects 
its origins from both the kernel created by Linus Torvalds and Richard 
Stallman's GNU project.
GNU/Linux is distributed by a number of organisations. Some common distros 
* Ubuntu
Currently the most popular distro, it is particularly aimed at beginners, 
while still being suitable for advanced users.

* Fedora
Originally from Redhat, who now make server distros, it has a good heritage 
and is also popular with beginners.
* GNewSense                                          
GNewSense is based on Ubuntu, but unlike almost all other distros it contains 
only free software. Other distros commonly include non-free drivers and 
sometimes other software too. 

Some examples of free software for both MS Windows and GNU/Linux

Open Office
OpenOffice.org is a fully featured office suite and can replace MS Office. It 
can do word processing and spreadsheets and be used to create multimedia 
presentations, diagrams/illustrations and databases.
It can save and write to MS Office documents and even be used to create PDFs 
or webpages.

The FireFox web browser allows you to browse web pages faster, more safely, 
and more efficiently. Key features include pop-up blocking to stop those 
annoying ads, tabbed browsing to let you view multiple web pages in a single 
window and its enhanced security over MS Internet Explorer.

Similar to programs like Photoshop, the GIMP (or GNU Image Manipulation 
Program) is suitable for those wanting to manipulate digital photographs, 
design and export graphics for the web, convert images from one file format 
to another, or even produce complex high-resolution compositions for print.

Manchester Free Software

Think Freedom

Who we are

Manchester Free Software has been created to serve a growing need for a group 
based in the Manchester area that focuses on free software and in particular 
GNU/Linux. It also covers topics which impact on the freedoms of computer 
users, such as Digital Restrictions Management.

We aim to promote the use of free software to people and organisations in 
What is free software?

Broadly speaking, free software is software that is free to use, distribute 
and modify.

While it is normally available at no cost, the word 'free' refers to the 
freedom given to all users rather than the price.

Unlike proprietary software, there are no limitations on where or how the 
software is used. Users are able to improve the software and even if you are 
not a programmer the strong communities that form around free software means 
that you are likely to find someone who is able to help.
Why use it?
Free software has many advantages over proprietary software. For example:

By not restricting copying, free software allows you to help others by giving 
them the software you find useful.

By allowing users to see the source code users are able to understand how it 

By allowing users to modify the code they are able to modify it for their own 
needs and improve the software. And by allowing users to distribute the 
changes they can also share the improvements with others.

Who else is using it?

For the reasons outlined above more and more people are using free software.

Schools are starting to use free software as it allows them to give pupils the 
same software to use at home.

Businesses are increasingly turning to free software to stop them being locked 
into the services of one company. Free software gives them the freedom to 
change the software themselves or to hire another company to do so.

More Information
For more information about the origins of free software visit the Free 
Software Foundation at www.fsf.org

To get more information about why free software is so important go to 

To find out how to start using GNU/Linux visit www.getgnulinux.org

Contact Us
Visit our website at manchester.fsuk.org, where you can find out about our 
next meeting or join our mailing list.

Or email us at address@hidden


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