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[school-discuss] FREEDUC 1.4 press release

For immediate release

UNESCO supports the development of FREEDUC

Paris, Mont-de-Marsan, the 30 of October 2003 - OFSET, the organization
for the development of free software for education and teaching, is
working with UNESCO to set up an international version of its FREEDUC

FREEDUC is a GNU/Linux distribution which can be used without
installation. It is specifically dedicated to the world of education and
it enables an easy introduction for stakeholders of education to the 40
free software packages included on the cd-rom. The software was selected
for its pedagogical values and ergonomic qualities.

This special version of FREEDUC comes with printed documentation in
English, French and Spanish. This documentation includes a "quick-start"
guide and details about the applications available.

As with other free software distributions, it can be directly downloaded
in the form of 3 cd-roms; 1 cd-rom for the binary auto-boot version plus
2 cd-roms containing the source code. The documentation included with
FREEDUC is released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

FREEDUC therefore is at the disposal of UNESCO to facilitate the use of
free software in education and teaching. The gratis distribution of this
international version of FREEDUC to teachers will help to promote access
to information & communication technologies for education and teaching.

This version of FREEDUC will be available starting from the 30th of
October 2003 from the OFSET web site. About UNESCO

UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization. The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and
security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through
education, science, culture and communication in order to further
universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human
rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of
the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by
the Charter of the United Nations.

The Information for All Programme is a key element in the fulfilment of
UNESCO's mandate to contribute to "education for all", to the "free
exchange of ideas and knowledge" and to "increase the means of
communication between peoples". About OFSET

OFSET is an organization dedicated to the development of fee software
for education and teaching. To achieve this object, it has already
developed software such as Dr. Geo (1st prize in a contest organised by
the AFUL in 2000) or GCompris (1st prize in the education category at
the Trophées du Libre contest in 2003). OFSET is also working on
documentation to support the development and use of free software.
Recently it has developed FREEDUC to facilitate access to free software
in education and teaching.

Press Contact: Hilaire Fernandes hilaire@ofset.org

http://www.ofset.org/projects/edusoft/edusoft.html Freeduc-cd
http://www.ofset.org OFSET
http://www.unesco.org/webworld UNESCO