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What is the Freedom Toaster

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.

But why do we need this?

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 pieces of software is just not possible.

And the name? What's up with that?

Initially the name came about directly as a result of the fact that Linux is a free Operating System and that you “toast� a CD with Linux. However, it later became apparent that, the name actually captured a meaning deeper than what was originally intended. It encapsulates the philosophy of Open Source Software, that we have the freedom to choose which software we use, that we have the freedom to change it if we like and that we have the freedom to share it with anyone, for free. Listen closely....and you'll hear violins playing in the background

Free for all!

In the past, most people have shied away from Open Source Software, more particularly Operating Systems. Because, unless you were already an expert on various "scary" details that accompanied them, it’s been notoriously difficult to get your hands on reliable and complete distributions that were easy to install and easy to upgrade. Not anymore, now it’s as easy as toast.

How do I use the Toaster?

Using a Freedom Toaster could not be easier. Using the touch-screen on the Toaster, you choose which software you want. On-screen information tells you more about the software you have selected, including how many CDs you will need. The Freedom Toasters also contain a host of on-screen information to teach people a little more about the world of Free and Open software. Touch the screen, browse and explore!

Toaster Location

This Freedom Toaster does not offer DVD support

Knysna's Freedom Toaster is situated in the Knysna Public Library.

It is available normal library hours:

  • Mon 09h00-17h30
  • Tue, Thurs, Fri 10h00-17h30
  • Wed & Saturdays 09h00-13h30

The library is in the middle of town on the Main Road.

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