ARTRIGHT is a project established to promote professional practice and business acumen in the South African visual arts community.

Ubuntu's Software

ARTRIGHT only used free or open source software. This type of software is developed and distributed with licenses that advance the Ubuntu way of life. A lot of open source software are high quality programs which have similar if not better functionality to the ones you have to buy. 

Free and open source software has huge potential for families, people who run small and large businesses as well as educational institutions such as schools and colleges. There can be huge savings on software licenses alone. 

We would like to thank the programming community for creating such useful and accessible software to be used freely by the community.

Free and Open Source Software

Free and open source software is developed by a large programming community that believes software should be free. 

Software can be free in the sense that you do not have to pay for it or it can be free in the sense that you have complete control over the software by having access to its source code. Having access to the source code allows you to change the program as you please, allowing you to change and use the program as it best suits you.

This freedom of information also has technological advantages: because programs that are developed for the free use by others grant access to the program's source code, the hard work that is invested into the program can be built upon by other users. With non-free software, this cannot happen as the programmers do not allow you access to their source code. This means you have to start from scratch and you cannot easily build upon ideas.

 For this reason the development of free software is fast, efficient and exciting!

The free software movement is one the most successful social movements to emerge in the past 25 years, driven by a worldwide community of ethical programmers dedicated to the cause of freedom and sharing. But the ultimate success of the free software movement depends upon teaching our friends, neighbours and work colleagues about the danger of not having software freedom, about the danger of a society losing control over its computing.

Peter T. Brown, Executive Director, Free Software Foundation -

You can read a simple overview of the various types of licenses of software programs on the GNU operating system website.

Ubuntu Operating System

ARTRIGHT was developed using a free and open source operating system called Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx 10.4. Ubuntu is a operating system like Microsoft Windows or Mac OS, but it follows the Ubuntu philosophy: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.

  • We like Ubuntu because:
  •      - its usability, speed and functionality is comparable if not better than its competitors - it will always be free of
  •        charge even for businesses.
  •      - it includes the very best in translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to
  •        offer.
  •      - it is released regularly and predictably. A new release is made every six months, and each release is;
  •        supported for at least 18 months.
  •      - there is a very big, well organised and reliable support community to answer any questions or help solve any
  •        problems
  •      - you can install Ubuntu and still have Windows as a second operating system running on the same
  •        computer.

The free or open source software used to develop ARTRIGHT

These programs are very useful, of high quality and they made building this website possible.

Operating System

Ubuntu Lycid Lynx 10.
Substitutes Microsoft XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS

Word Editing Software

Comes preloaded with all Ubuntu operating systems
Substitutes Microsoft Office
Compatible with Microsoft Office and Mac Office
Runs on Linux, Windows and Mac

Design Software

Gimp Image Editor
Substitutes Adobe Photoshop
compatible with Adobe Photoshop

Substitutes Adobe In-Design

Adobe PDF

Web Browser

Google Chrome

Website Development

Textmate (Mac OSX)