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Leading Activist with The Freely Project Launches "Penguin in the Pew" v2.0

The Original Version, 1.0, Has Been Downloaded Thousands of Times

More and more individuals and organizations have been discovering and turning to free and open source software as an alternative to costly Microsoft and legacy software in use today, and so the new version of the book "Penguin in the Pew" - while aimed primarily at Christians - might also be useful to people of other faiths and the secular non-profit community.

The original version of "Penguin in the Pew" (1.0), distributed via the Internet in PDF format, has been downloaded thousands of times from the ministry website (www.matheteuo.org) of its author, Pastor Don Parris.

v1.0 inspired a number of churches to migrate to GNU/Linux, and has helped fuel the growth of a community of other like-minded Christians interested in the using and promoting GNU/Linux. It has been translated into French, with Spanish and German translations in the works.

Like its forerunner, v2.0 is also released under a license from the Creative Commons (www.creativecommons.org), that allows for a level of sharing and collaboration similar to the philosophy behind free and open source software.

"Penguin in the Pew" is specifically targeted at helping Christians to discover and understand free and open source software, especially GNU/Linux. It clears up the confusion about the terms "free" and "open source", addresses the challenges of hardware compatibility, software interoperability, and whether a migration is really more expensive than an upgrade.

Readers, says Parris, will learn why and how they should migrate to the GNU/Linux operating system. Additionally, "Penguin in the Pew" connects readers to the growing community of Christians who use, develop and provide technical support for GNU/Linux and other free and open source applications.

Parris, who is Pastor of Oakdale Christian Fellowship in Charlotte, North Carolina, developed a church administration database back-end known as CHADDB, and has worked with a number of Christian-oriented projects in the free and open source community. He is also a leading activist with The Freely Project (www.thefreelyproject.org), a web-based free software advocacy initiative.


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