Letter - Free and legal
We wish to reassure copyright holders and software developers that all computer programmes and operation systems used at Te Whare O Te Ata computer shed have been and always will be free, and legally downloadable from the internet (A Pirate's Life, Your Weekend, April 26). Bruce Kingsbury has opened our eyes to the World Wide Web of freely available open source software and wants to share his knowledge. For a gold coin to cover power and data costs, and a few clicks of the mouse, residents with a computer but no internet access can download to a memory stick a wide range of programmes, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, computer presentation, computer assisted design and educational games.
Bruce has built the internet cafe from 100 per cent recycled equipment. It is open Monday to Friday 12.30pm-2.30pm for adults who need internet access to do tasks like finding a job, sending emails, paying bills online and writing a CV.