[ILUG] Typical - Schools / vendor lockin.
ciaran at fsfe.org
Fri Apr 4 11:10:14 IST 2008
"Conor Wynne" <mariconor at gmail.com> writes:
> My mother in law (also a principal) has zero interest in linux. As a result,
> no linux is their respective schools.
FWIW, when I spoke to a group of secondary school computer teachers, the
thing they liked most about free software was that it was a way for them to
I guess a lot of schools are using unauthorised copies of MS stuff.
For the ethical arguments, here's a bit from one of RMS's talks about free
software in schools:
"It's vital for schools to use Free Software exclusively. The reason is:
schools have a mission to teach society to be capable, to educate people
to be parts of a capable, free society. Teaching students to use
proprietary software is teaching dependence. It's training them to be
dependent on specific powerful companies. Giving those companies more
power over society. Whereas, teaching them to use Free Software, is
directing society onto the path towards freedom and strength. So schools
must stop teaching proprietary software.
But there's an even stronger reason for this. And even deeper reason. And
that is, for moral education. Schools have to teach children the spirit
of good will, the spirit of helping other people around them in
society. So every class should have a rule: children, if you bring
software to class, you can't keep it for yourself, you must share it with
the other kids, and if you won't share it, you can't bring it here
because the way we do things is we help each other.
The school, in order to teach this properly, has to follow its own
rule. It has to set a good example. This means the school must bring only
Free Software to class."
And RMS on why universities should exclusively use free software:
And another bit:
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