We've put together this list of guidelines for speakers for both our events, but also as a basis for other people running free software events.
- Remember, this is a free software conference. When talking about software that the user can share, modify and distribute, please call it Free Software or FLOSS, instead of Open Source or OSS.
- When talking about terms that hurt our community, such as "Intellectual Property", consider alternative terms, or simply referring to these terms as quotations, ie say "quote Intellectual Property unquote".
- Presenters should, where possible, deliver any slides in advance (to firstname.lastname@example.org) using OpenDocument presentation format. We'll provide laptops running fully-free GNU/Linux distributions for presenters to use.
- Any slides which cannot be sent in advance should be presented using a free software operating system such as GNU/Linux.
- If you aren't sure where to start with free software applications for presentations, OpenOffice.org, KPresent, LaTeX and S5 are all great ways to do smart looking presentations using free software.
- Finally, when you're referring to an operating system with a Linux kernel, don't be afraid to call it GNU/Linux -- we're all friends here, and many of us work on building the GNU OS.