Macedonia: Software Freedom Day

As part of the global Software Freedom Day, Free Software Macedonia for the third time has organized an event in the center of Skopje. On Oct. 4, they distributed leaflets and disks with Ubuntu Linux, which were prepared specifically for this occasion and included free software applications for other operating systems as well as a movie on the Swedish piracy culture, “Steal This Film.”

Announcement for Software freedom day

The event started on the square, and included a group of artists who collaborated on a painting dedicated and inspired by this day. On the blog of Free Software Macedonia, the members wrote (MKD):

The canvas attracted the attention of the people on the square, although there were more events happening at the same time. The artist started working immediately, and soon there was “free software” on the canvas.

The canvas made for Software freedom day

They were satisfied with the response of the people and the event (MKD):

We gave information to a lot of people, and some of them even stopped and asked questions. There were people who came with concrete questions, but most people had general interest in the event and the activities.

Overall, the event was better than expected. Probably some of the people, who really got interested in free software culture, will come sometimes to “Share Knowledge” or “Share Movie”, where we can make deeper contact.

Free Software Macedonia every week organizes events like “Share Knowledge,” where they are sharing their knowledge, experiment and discuss with the people interested in free software, and “Share Movie,” where they are showing interesting presentations, open content films and YouTube playlists. At these events anyone is welcome and can attend free of charge.

Photos credit: Free Software Macedonia, used under Creative Commons license


  • I’m glad to read about this, Elena. Great reporting! Can you tell me if any Macedonian companies are using open source software? (I’m guessing the government is not.)

  • Yeeh! Amazing Elena, I will share with the free software group in Guatemala your great article. Interesting that people is enthusiastic, meeting every week! An example of a “shared culture”.

  • great news & post, elena! it’s always important to cover those events and let software freedom spread…

    don’t know about macedonia, but surely enough several european governments are switching, at least partially to FLOSS (free libre open source software) (germany, italy, etc.)

  • There are companies that use open source, but not many. The government is installing Edubuntu on the computers from the “Computer for every child” project, so that’s an effort.

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