View Full Version : UK Free Software Network (ISP supporting free software)

November 13th, 2008, 03:50 PM
I'm not really from UK, but someone posted (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=977418) a link to this isp from uk (http://www.ukfsn.org/home/internet/).

According to this (http://www.ukfsn.org/finance.html):

Our promise

We promise that all of the profits made by the UKFSN.ORG operation will be used to fund Free Software in the UK.

Just thought I'd let you know.

ellis rowell
February 7th, 2009, 04:03 PM
This is a bit misleading, it is not FREE Software as in Ubuntu/Linux and Sourceforge. It appears to be software included with an ISP contract. I couldn't see any application software listed.

February 7th, 2009, 05:10 PM
Where did you get that from?


Update:The first student to benefit from this programme has already been selected. He is an established contributor to Ubuntu and maintains a general backup utility while also supporting several other Free Software activities. More details will be announced shortly.

ellis rowell
February 8th, 2009, 01:02 PM
I clicked on "this isp from uk"

I'm still not clear how they get "profits" if the software is free, or do you pay for the "free" open source software.

February 8th, 2009, 01:12 PM
They don't sell software. They are a ISP (internet service provider). They sell internet access.

August 29th, 2009, 05:45 PM
Maybe the ISP runs their equipment on a Linux-based system like Ubuntu Server, although the server program is free to download and install, the Support (for professional Users) from Canonical is not free - they have to pay the Bills like everyone else and that revenue helps with running costs. Likewise, the ISP being a commercial venture has to charge fees to cover its overheads, electricity, cups of coffee etc!:lolflag:

March 15th, 2010, 04:43 PM
Sounds interesting. I wouldn't give up my 20Mb fiberoptic broadband for it though. The max speed they offer is 8Mb. :/

August 14th, 2010, 10:34 PM
They are a small UK ISP that runs entirely on open source software. I use them for some web and email services. Their support is not 24x7 because they are too small for that but they are very knowledgeable and will happily support Linux users. They also make a point of being very clear about their prices and what you pay for.