Zyxware Announces Launch of India's First Freedom Toaster

September 01, 2008 - 21:48
Zyxware Technologies, today announced that they will be releasing India's first Freedom Toaster in a function to be held at Park Center, Technopark on 1st Sep at 4:30PM. The toaster will be inaugurated by The Hon'ble Minister for Education, Government of Kerala, Shri. M.A. Baby who will also inaugurate the 5-day GNU/Linux Install fest which will be held at the same venue from Sep 1 to Sep 5.

A freedom toaster is a Free Software CD/DVD vending machine that will make a copy any Free Software that the user wants on a CD or DVD. Such a dispensing mechanism is highly relevant in a country like India where cheap and unlimited broadband internet which remains the chief means of free software distribution, is not very prevalent. This Freedom Toaster was inspired by the original Freedom Toaster(s) created by the Shuttleworth Foundation and is designed and developed by Zyxware Technologies and promoted jointly by Zyxware Technologies and GNU/Linux Users Group Trivandrum. This is a ground breaking event in the history of Free Software in India and through this we are planning to promote free software massively by making it accessible to people across the country. Only very few freedom toasters exist across the whole world and this is going to be the first one in India.

A vending machine that can be used to copy and distribute Free and Open Source Software is made possible because of the Freedom associated with Free Software. Free Software by definition allows people to use, study, modify and share software without any restrictions. In addition to being free as in freedom, quite a few of the popular Free Software are also available free of cost and thus makes tremendous economic sense in a developing country like India. Additionally Free Software inherently promotes a spirit of innovation, drives local industry and thus spurs economic growth in an emerging economy like India.

Since inception in 2006, Zyxware Technologies has been at the forefront of promoting socially relevant projects. The series of public interest initiatives starting with the Chikungunya Tracking Free Software and continuing with the Freedom Toaster is proof of the company's commitment towards society as proclaimed by the company in it's mission statement - "Be the change you wish to see in the world".

We also welcome other companies, organizations and Free Software Users groups across the nation to take advantage of the freedom toaster. The toaster can be completely dismantled and can be transported anywhere in the country. Interested parties can also contact us and get us to fabricate and parcel freedom toasters to anywhere in India. We are also willing to loan it for the various GNU\Linux User's groups across India. More information about the design of the toaster and the software used can be found at www.freedomtoaster.in

Post your comments / questions

When can this be available in Mumbai?

We are waiting for it.

sir/madam,
Iam a LINUX fan, I went to technopark,trivandrum to copy a linux distro from freedom toaster, unfortunately mu bus fare was waste and i returned home with great disapointment. reason is that, i entered technopark and first went to visitor reporting section,there i asked the man in counter about freedom toaster, he never even heard about that word, i explained the whole about freedom toaster, even then he said there is nothing like this in technopark, the same i asked to many other people, they also dont know, later i got the telephone no. for enquiry in technopark, even they said there is nothing like that in technopark.
So please reply me how to get before freedom toaster you instaled on technopark. why cant you keep a sign board to show us where it is placed. please reply me.thnx

The first freedom toaster is currently at Zyxware. Free Software Users Group Thrissur will probably take it for an event in Thrissur. Otherwise it has been doing rounds in different Free Software programs within the city in the past two months

Thats great news as this will provide to many Indians free software. I can say that many in this country would be switching over to free open source software and free themselves from the bondage of Microsoft.

The Free Software Foundation of India, is a sister organisation to the Free Software Foundation. It was founded in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital of Kerala in 2001, as a non-profit Company. The FSFI advocates to promote the use and development of Free Software in India. This includes educating people about , including how it can help the economy of a developing country like India. FSF India regards non-free software as not a solution, but a problem to be solved. Free software is sometimes locally called swatantra software in India.

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