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Friday, 12 December 2008

Linux - Stop holding our kids back!

I'm no fan of Linux, by any means. My experiences thus far with it, whilst alot better than my experiences with Vista systems, have been a major disappointment (though fun and frustrating, and not something I'll be giving up on just yet).

I must say however, the individual that wrote this complaint, is talking absolute tosh. Linux is in no way illegal, nor is it illegal to advocate people use it, and is actually free in most cases (though obviously, in the vast majority of cases, has a steeper learning curve than Windows, depending on the distro and what you plan to use it for).

"...observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.

This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them..."

Karen xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx Middle School

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Kudos to Earthling Series #6 (CoU) for the heads up

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