Fridays for Free Software ;)

Bernhard E. Reiter bernhard at
Fri May 3 06:59:46 UTC 2019

Hello Friends of Free Software,

as you may have heard a number of children refuse going to school on each 
Friday to make people aware that the world has to act swiftly if we want to 
protect our stable world climate.

Free Software can help to protect the climate and the environment,
because it helps to run hardware longer.

== Hardware production worst for the environment

Looking at the life cycle of hardware, the production phase
contributes most to the environmental ballast. A lot of greenhouse
gas emmission [1]. And use of rare earth materials, which cannot be recycled.

=> using hardware longer is environmentally friendly, even if new hardware
   is more energy efficient

== Free Software allows to run hardware longer

Use of Free Software can extend the life of hardware significantly.
At least one third more life time in the average.
There are some old examples of studies in [2], subsection 4,
but also throughout the whole text. We probably find more if we search.
It makes sense and in many aspects. Just think about LineageOS-MicroG
giving old Smartphones a security patched operating system again.

=> Use of Free Software helps the climate.

== A series of stories about Free Software on Fridays?

This is not just a discussion list, this is also our list to tell nice stories 
about Free Software, connecting dots and restate to each other in new and fun 
ways why we all are here. Maybe we can make it a tradition: Tell one 
interesting thing that others may not have thought of, or have forgotten 
about why Free Software should be used more often.


Autors: Siddharth Prakash, Ran Liu, Karsten Schischke, Dr. Lutz Stobbe
September 2012

Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)?
Look at the Numbers!
David A. Wheeler
Revised as of July 18, 2015
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