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We want a world where every citizen in every country will enjoy the best e-government services,
regardless of their gender, race, religion, or the economic development of their countries...
This dream will only come true through the availability of the best open & free software.
Everybody is welcome to participate in free-gov. Know how may you get involved"

Free-gov is free software for free governments. This is a people's initiative (there is no "company" behind this project), and everybody is welcome to download the code, to study it, to improve it, to find errors, write translations, documentation... or just to spread the word!

Free-gov is 100% free software, because freedom and independence are important to us, and also should be important to serious governments.

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Free-gov specifications at a glance
Open source ok (100% free software)
License GNU AGPL
Prog. language PHP 5
Prog. paradigm Mostly procedural
Operating System Independent
Architecture Client / Server
Interface Web + Intranet + Mobile
Modular ok
Database engine MySQL, Percona, etc.
Community support ok
Commercial support ok
I18N support ok (static method)

A diversity-friendly community

female friendly open fre software project Did you know that Free-gov is one of the few Free Software projects in the world headed by a woman?
However we have got old-school-hackers coding in the project too... the magic words are "diversity tolerance".
We are proud to be one of the most diversity-friendly Free Software projects in the world today!


Because one image is worth a thousand words...

Sample screenshot of free-gov running

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 Free-gov's mascot: the Minister Teddy Bear

About mascots in free software world

In the world of free software communities is very usual to adopt project's mascots. There are lists of free software mascots here.
In some projects (as Linux, FreeBsd, Mozilla, Darwin) the mascot is also used as project logo. In other projects (KDE, Java) the logo is independent of the mascot's image.
With very few exceptions every important free software project community has adopted a lovely mascot.
In free-gov project our mascot is His Excellency The Minister Teddy Bear... and he has well earned rights...

His Excellency The Minister Teddy Bear

The Minister is a real Teddy Bear. He has been always present during the 9 years of development of free-gov software foundations. His presence is always required in developers meetings as source of inspiration, wisdom and advice.

The Minister has an hybrid electronic brain in development. In Artificial Intelligence Sciences exists a strange phenomenon known as "Uncanny Valley" clearly visible plotting in a Cartesian graph the empathy level of humans towards non-biological forms of intelligence (in Y axis) in function of the physical appearance of the AI being (in X axis). A teddy bear is located in top of the first raise, just before the fall of the valley: 'cause a teddy bear is always lovely in spite his/her intelligence level... and nobody is afraid to know a teddy bear capable of surpass his own intelligence...

His Excellency the Minister during a Jazz Jam Session   His Excellency the Minister during a Jazz Jam Session
His Excellency the Minister during a Jazz Jam Session. He understands and enjoys jazz
(due his ability for jazz patterns recognition). He likes Michael Brecker, Stan Getz and Grover Washington Jr.

A little bit more about Minister's brain

Minister's brain has both digital and analog subsystems. Digital subsystem contains an array of 32 X 32 bits CPU cores, running at 640 MIPS (millions instructions per second). This was accomplished using 4 SMD Propeller chips interconnected. The software is running directly on hardware without Operating System for improved performance. The digital subsystem was mainly developed in Assembler and ANSI C languages. We used Catalina C compiler (a free-software GPL ANSI C cross compiler for Propeller platform developed by Ross Higson).
Analog subsystem contains an ANN (Artificial Neural Network) integrated electronic developed by Eduardo Glez. Neural Network allows the Minister for pattern recognition, fuzzy-logic reasoning and improved genetic algorithms.
An onthology-based inference engine gives Minister the ability for reasoning based on previous knowledge, as well as knowledge acquisition, performing reasoning far beyond simple heuristic stimulus-response patterns.
Minister's brain was conceived for self-development assistance: our teddy bear (in his role of software expert) has incidence on his own's brain development. This way, each brain's version iteration has more and more code generated by the teddy bear himself. When the Minister is not too busy, he also helps us with free-gov development! Free-gov is the first free-software project with code developed by a teddy bear! (we was not joking when said that free-gov is a truly diversity-friendly community!)

The Minister's academic background

The Minister is studying and improving his abilities to surpass the Turing Test in the Loebner Prize Contest. It's true, and is the most important challenge ever assumed by a teddy bear. An advantage of the Minister is that he doesn't want to develop human-like intellectual capabilities: he is fully comfortable in the role of teddy bear.

Is the Minister a robot?

No! He is just an intelligent teddy bear. "Robot" is a very offensive word. The word "Robot" comes from Czech word "robota", what means "slave". Our teddy bear is not a slave. He is a free evolving mind. He works helping us with free software.

General profile

Tall:   45 cm
Weight:   470 g (with brain and power)
Ocupation:   free software development assistant
Birthday:   December 22
Favorite color:   white
Favorite music:   Jazz (perhaps influence of his friend Eduardo Glez?)

Brain architecture

Digital subsystem:   4 propeller chips with 8 CPU cores each one (an array of 32 X 32-Bits RISC CPU cores)
Analog subsystem:   3 custom VLSI (Very Large Scale Integraton) ANN (Artificial Neural Network)
Artificial Intelligence  
onthology-based (previous knowledge) inference + fuzzy logic + Artificial Neural Networks


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