[Foundation-l] Florence's presentation on Wikimania

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Fri Aug 10 19:07:03 UTC 2007

On 8/9/07, Florence Devouard <Anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> In my view, WMF has pledged for the creation of free educational
> content. It has not pledged to support open and free software.

When people can no longer participate in something we do, or when they
can no longer access information we provide, because they are running
free software, we have failed in our mission. Our mission is not about
software, that's true, but it is about spreading knowledge without
boundaries, and proprietary tools & formats can and do represent such

People running free software can usually import XLS, DOC & PPT files,
but it's clear that open document standards are critical for the long
term preservation of & access to knowledge, which includes information
we carry to the outside. Whether you end up running any specific open
source solution or not, let's try to at least archive all
presentations in an open format.

It was a very nice presentation, BTW. :-)
Toward Peace, Love & Progress:

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