[Fsfe-se] FSFE launches Free PDF Readers campaign

Stian Rødven Eide stian at fsfeurope.org
Mon Feb 2 10:05:24 CET 2009

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On Mon, 2009-02-02 at 09:55 +0100, Stian Rødven Eide wrote:
> The Fellowship of the Free Software Foundation Europe is proud to
> announce its latest initiative: pdfreaders.org, a site providing
> information about PDF with links to Free Software PDF readers for all
> major operating systems.
> "Interoperability, competition and choice are primary benefits of Open
> Standards that translate into vendor-independence and better value for
> money for customers," says FSFE president Georg Greve. "Although many
> versions of PDF offer all these benefits for formatted text and
> documents, files in PDF formats typically come with information that
> users need to use a specific product. pdfreaders.org provides an
> alternative to highlight the strengths of PDF as an Open Standard."
> The coordinators of pdfreaders.org, Hannes Hauswedell and Jan-Hendrik
> Peters, are pleased to present the latest revision of the site with
> short and compact information how users can seize the full benefits of
> both Open Standards and Free Software.
> "Free Software gives us control over the software we use, and Open
> Standards give us control over our data and allow implementations by
> many different groups," explains Jan-Hendrik Peters. "We wanted to show
> that with the Portable Document Format people can have both."
> Hannes Hauswedell adds: "Similar to a Free Software project we started
> off with an idea, provided a first implementation, received lots of
> feedback, and worked that into a better version of the site. We are
> grateful to all the people who got involved. This was a collaborative
> effort that would not have been possible without all the contributors."
> "The site offers buttons in several languages that we encourage everyone
> to put next to PDF files offered on their sites," explains Matthias
> Kirschner, FSFE's Fellowship Coordinator. "We hope that in a year from
> now, no PDF is offered without the vendor-independent alternative
> buttons of pdfreaders.org."
> http://www.fsfeurope.org/news/2009/news-20090202-01.en.html
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