History of the Freedom Toaster

The original Freedom Toaster project was sponsored by Mark Shuttleworth's Shuttleworth Foundation. It consisted of a number of CD burning facilities (in kiosk form), where members of the public were able to burn copies of free and open-source software onto self-supplied blank CD media.

The project was started as one solution to overcome the difficulty of obtaining Linux and other free and open-source software in South Africa, where the restrictive telecommunications environment makes downloading large software files prohibitively expensive. The idea was originally implemented by Brett Simpson and Jason Hudson who are currently running a company http://www.breadbin.co.za targeting to promote freedom toaster and similar products.

The website of the original freedom toaster is at http://freedomtoaster.org