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FSF welcomes AdBard network for free software advertising

by peterb Contributions Published on Jun 02, 2009 09:17 AM
The Free Software Community now has an ethical alternative to ad networks that promote proprietary software

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday June 2, 2009 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today welcomed the launch of AdBard a new advertising network for technology based websites based upon the promotion of Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) friendly products and services.

The AdBard Network has been created by Tag1 Consulting to serve websites dedicated to free software ideals, helping them connect with companies selling products and services targeting a FLOSS audience. AdBard solves the problem that more generic advertising has led to the display of proprietary software products on sites that otherwise promote computer user freedom.

"The Free Software Community now has an ethical alternative to ad networks that promote proprietary software" said Peter Brown, Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation. "This is a huge win for many of the sites that serve our community. And we wish AdBard and the websites that display AdBard adverts every success. We also hope this will inspire other ad networks to adopt similar policies."

"AdBard is a great way for advertisers and publishers in the free software community to come together and help grow the free software services market." said Jeremy Andrew, CEO of Tag1.

The FSF receives no money from AdBard and has no financial interest in Tag1 Consulting, but is making this announcement to help the advertising-supported web sites in the free software community to stop legitimizing proprietary software by advertising it.

Websites already using AdBard include, http://Libre.FM and For a complete list visit

Advertisers can find out more by visiting

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

About Tag1 Consulting, Inc.

Tag1 Consulting, Inc. is a distinguished professional consulting company headquartered in sunny Florida, with an international presence providing computer consulting services worldwide. Tag1 focuses on performance and scalability consulting of GNU/Linux and *BSD, using Apache, PHP, MySQL and PostgreSQL, specializing on Drupal performance. For more information visit

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