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New Freedom Toaster sites for SA

By   |  July 27, 2005

The Shuttleworth Foundation has rolled out another four Freedom Toasters across South Africa with plans for many more in the near future.

The Freedom Toasters, which resemble vending machines with a touch screen, allow users to make copies of popular open source software for no charge and are located around universities, libraries and other public spaces.

The newest Freedom Toasters now also include DVD support and offer most popular Linux distributions from Impi and Ubuntu to SuSE and Debian.

TSF\’s Jason Hudson says the Freedom Toaster project was started in 2004 by the foundation as a way to overcome the fact that infrastructure and bandwidth constraints made it very difficult for users to download free software.

\”We have four core values which we apply to all the projects we fund and support: sustainability, innovation, empowerment and access to information,\” says Hudson.

\”With this in mind, the Freedom Toaster project began as a means of overcoming the difficulty in obtaining Linux and open source software due to the restrictive telecommunications environment in South Africa, where the easy downloading of large software packages is just not possible. The Freedom Toaster is a conveniently located, self-contained ‘bring \’n burn\’ facility, where users bring their own blank discs and make copies of the open source software they require.

The five new Freedom Toasters have been installed at the Bloemfontein library, the EG Malherbe library on the Howard College campus of the University of Kwazulu-Natal, the Shuttleworth Open Source Lab in Grahamstown and the CSIR Open Source Centre. Also expected to be completed shortly is a Toaster at the University of Stellenbosch. Another four sites are planned for the near future. These are the Wits engineering department, Port Shepstone, Eastgate shopping centre and the Walter Sisulu University.

The software available through these new toasters include:
– SuSE 9.2 and 9.3
– Mandrake 10 and Mandriva LE2005 (10.2)
– Ubuntu Warty, Hoary, and Hoary Live CD
– Knoppix 3.6 and 3.9
– Clusterknoppix
– FreeBSD 5.2.1, 5.3.1, and 5.4
– Fedora Core 3 and 4
– Debian Sarge (31r0a) (all 14 CDs)
– Gentoo 1.4rc and 2005.0
– Impi 1.0 and 2.0
– K12LTSP (FC3 based)
– Slackware 10 and 10.1
– Whitebox Liberation

Also on the boxes are:

– Firemonger CD (Full version)
– OpenCD 2.0
– 1.1.4 (platform independent)
– Gutenberg 2003 CD and DVD

For a list of all Freedom Toaster sites visit


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