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The new design only contains 3 Sections:

| Downloads | Link to pdfreaders.org | Contact |

  • What about having more section. Like adding "How to help" (current part of about), "contact" + in the about a bit more background about Free Software? -- mk 2008-10-03 07:30:47

Ciaran's comment: I think this has a "campaign" tone. If we want governments and businesses to link to this page, it should look like a vendor-neutral resource.

  • I think this is partially true, but we ARE not impartial. What is more important to me is that people easily understand WHY they should get a Free Software application instead, especially since the one of Adobe is gratis. greve

The page

Welcome to pdfreaders.org !

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a popular format to publish formatted text and documents. Initially developed by Adobe, PDF was published, standardised, and further developed in multiple steps. As a result there are several different versions of it, some qualifying as an Open Standard, some certified by ISO, some encumbered by software patents.

Many programs can read and write PDF documents, and there are good reasons why you would want to choose a Free Software PDF reader.

The most important is that your choice protects your basic 4 freedoms, which give you control over your computer and help protect your privacy. You might also want to promote the versions of PDF that are Open Standards, because Open Standards protect competition and choice.

There are many programs to read and write PDF documents.

The following list of PDF readers is vendor neutral. All of them are Free Software:

Windows

MacOSX

Free Operating Systems┬╣

Evince

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Download

KPDF

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Download

Okular

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Download

Sumatra PDF

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Xpdf

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Download

Skim

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Download

Other proprietary alternatives to Adobe's PDF reader also exist, but like it, their internal working is a a trade secret and these programs do not respect your right to control your own privacy and data.

If you wish to learn more about Free Software and Open Standards, you may find the following links helpful

┬╣ Note that most Free Operating Systems provide package management systems and do not require you to download any files manually from project pages. You will find instructions on how to install these packages on the website of your distributor. The download pages referred to will provide Source Code, should you desire to build the software.

If you offer information in PDF format, we encourage you to link to pdfreaders.org using any (or none) of the logos provided below as you see fit

If you encounter other web sites that offer PDF documents and only link to Adobe, you may wish to inform them about the pdfreaders.org resource website.

You can help keep the internet open, free and vendor neutral!

Contact

This initiative originated in the Fellowship of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).

FSFE is a registered Non-Profit-Organisation.

The coordinator of this initiative is Jan-Hendrik Peters.

If you have any feedback for us, please use this mailing-list where you should get an answer within a short time: pdfreaders@lists.fsfe.org