Freedom Software and the Church
I have begun to write more about Freedom Software as a particular ministry of the Christian church. I believe that the principles of freedom that are embodied in the Free/Open Source Software movement are principles held in common with Christian beliefs about the Gospel. Using Freedom Software ought to be an important priority for the church because it is another way that we can live so that everything we have is freely available to our neighbor.
As I continue exploring this topic, this page will serve as a starting point for my writing.
By Ted Carnahan on January 2, 2008
The history and legacy of the Church in the late 1990s and 2000s will be lost in 10 years because we will lack the software to open its’ data. Check out this Microsoft KB article. It describes a (very complicated, very technical) process for reconfiguring your computer after Office 2003 Service Pack 3 quietly disables [...]
By Ted Carnahan on January 29, 2008
No organization in the United States has a stronger incentive for using open source software than the Church. “The Church is always asking for money!” – Everyone. In a way, that’s right; the church is always in need of money. Money for ministry, outreach, and evangelism. Money for books and materials. Money to pay salaries [...]
By Ted Carnahan on August 27, 2008
Every church I’ve ever attended has had to spend time, energy, and money contending with copyright infringement. Every duplicated hymn in the bulletin, every extra copy of music for the musicians, etc. is potentially a source of copyright violations. Many churches work hard to prevent this kind of problem with organizations like CCLI (Christian Copyright [...]
By Ted Carnahan on November 11, 2008
Professor Vern Sheridan Poythress, a Presbyterian seminary professor, has a great website where he has made a huge portion of his lifetime writings available completely free. On his site, he has published an article discussing the ethical implications of closed file formats. Poythress roots his discussion primarily in justice for people in the Third World [...]
By Ted Carnahan on December 27, 2008
A new Microsoft patent application was noticed by someone on Slashdot today. They want to offer Microsoft Office services on a pay-as-you-go basis. I took the liberty of fixing it so that everyone can see what this could eventually mean for the church. If you go with a system like this, you are dependent on [...]