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Charities and FOSS

Posted 12-08-2009 at 03:37 AM by rich_c

Recently I came across someone asking for advice on software to use as they are in the early stages of running a charity. It occured to me that charities should be aware of Free and Open Source Software and how it can help make the most of the donations they receive. Clearly, with FOSS there is the free-as-in-beer element which is important here. With FOSS, charities aren't obliged to pay up front licencing charges but can contribute as and when they are able.

Personally, I'd feel much happier making a donation to an organisation knowing they'd made the effort to integrate FOSS into their IT systems so I'm not donating indirectly to a closed source, proprietary big corporation.
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