Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Give freely this Cyber Monday

Dear Free Software Supporters,

On Black Friday, hoards of Americans battled their way into big box stores in search of the newest gadgets to bestow upon their loved ones.

Most of these "gifts" are trojan horses that will spy on their recipients, prevent them from doing what they want with their device, or maybe even block access to their favorite books or music.

The Free Software Foundation is proud to introduce the antidote: our 2012 Giving Guide. The Giving Guide features gifts that will not only make your recipients jump for joy, these gifts will also protect their user freedom.

You can give copies of the Giving Guide to friends and family to encourage them to get you gifts that respect your freedom. And as you do your own holiday shopping, think about giving the gift of free software, and the hardware that supports it, to your loved ones.

Here are some of the gift ideas based on the Giving Guide:

  • Help your mom, dad, brother or sister upgrade to a laptop that comes preinstalled with GNU/Linux.
  • Get yourself a Lulzbot AO-100 3D printer and make 3D-printed stocking stuffers for the whole family.
  • Give a membership to the Free Software Foundation, or make a donation on behalf of a friend to another worthy organization, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Creative Commons.

So take a look at the 2012 Giving Guide for some great, ethical gift ideas, and make sure everyone you care about sees it too. Please share the Giving Guide with your networks on identi.ca and other social media sites you use, using the hashtag #givefreely.

Thanks for helping us give the gift of free software this holiday season.

Happy Hacking,

Zak, Libby, and the rest of the FSF team


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