FSFE campaigns against governmental PDF reader bias

The Free Software Foundation Europe has started a campaign to encourage the recognition and use of free PDF readers by government departments. The FSFE say that despite the availability of many non-proprietary alternatives, the majority of European government web sites recommend and / or provide links to download the Adobe Reader. They claim that governmental attitudes to PDF readers are similar to having motorway entry signs that say “You need a Volkswagen to drive on this road. Contact your Volkswagen dealer for a gratis test drive”. Karsten Gerloff, president of FSFE said “Every time that state websites link to non-free applications and encourage visitors to use them, they needlessly encourage citizens to throw away their freedom”.

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