Part of the problem with tackling big problems like software patents is that they can seem insurmountable. It's hard to get started, easy to get discouraged and there's little gratification. We need to balance these with some smaller projects.
On 20 October 2011 Melbourne Free Software Interest Group brainstormed about free software advocacy project that could be achieved in the short term, allow people to get involved and get some satisfaction within days or weeks.
Promote free software PDF Readers on government websites
- many website link directly to Adobe
- could we get them to link to free software PDF reader
- or at least additionally to Adobe
- is uptime a concern?
- approach a particular dept. as test case
- consumer choice
- how do they go on mobile?
- support for older computers
Give feedback to ATO on eTax
- proprietary software
- rumour has it they're going web-based
h-node.com database of free software compatible hardware
- could we have a sprint to add our own hardware to the database?
Coreboot free software bios
sign the FSF petition
- action for us? many others are working on this
Membership with FSF, donations
- group donations
Linking up with EFA
Neighbourhood community centre
- free software
- repackage some LUV tutorial-type thing
Teaching at schools
Getting involved in Unis
- doing your course with free software - Andy K
- free software tools
- lab computer
- are we focusing on unis or students?
- requirements on submitting assignments
- getting course requirements changed
- Ben F: does MS office naively support ODF?
- course coordinators?
Help maintain FSF Free Software Directory
Thanking people make free software projects successful
This isn't strictly advocacy, but we could consider writing some (paper) cards/postcards to people involved in free software projects. Being thanked for the hard work you do and receiving snail mail help contributors stay motivated be fulfilled by what they do. We could even got some Melbourne Free Software cards printed...
Promote Free Software videos
Video of Richard Stallman during his visit to Melbourne in September 2010. He describes free software and GNU.