April (French association)

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April is an association for the promotion of free software in the French-speaking world. Since its inception in 1996, April has maintained a close relationship with the Free Software Foundation, establishing a working group[1] to undertake a French-language exposition of the GNU project's philosophy.[2]

The group's name is an acronym standing for Association pour la Promotion et la Recherche en Informatique Libre (meaning Association for the Promotion and Study of Free Computing).[3] Regarding the name, it is notable that the French term libre always means free-as-in-freedom and never free-as-in-beer.

Membership is open to both physical persons and institutions. Annual dues for individuals are 10 euro.[4] Dues for institutional memberships are assessed on a sliding scale according to size, total sales, or budget as appropriate.[5]

Important dates[edit]


  1. ^ (French) April press materials, page 10 (pdf) accessed January 17, 2013
  2. ^ (French) Philosophy of GNU project (French translation) accessed January 17, 2013
  3. ^ (French) April press materials, page 14 (pdf) accessed January 17, 2013
  4. ^ (French) membership FAQ | dues accessed January 17, 2013
  5. ^ (French) schedule of institutional dues accessed January 17, 2013
  6. ^ (French) rms address at Paris-8 on November 10, 1998 accessed January 17, 2013
  7. ^ (French) April's successful membership drive (June 3, 2009) accessed January 17, 2013