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[News] Education in Europe Done with Free Software, US Sells Out to Criminalsoft

  • Subject: [News] Education in Europe Done with Free Software, US Sells Out to Criminalsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 01:36:44 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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| A Consortium formed by three universities and led by the Free Knowledge 
| Institute (FKI) has received the support from the EC's Lifelong Learning 
| Programme to offer an international educational programme on Free Software. 
| Following the Open Educational Resources movement, all learning materials 
| will be freely available through the Internet. The use of Free Software (also 
| referred to as Open Source software or Libre Software) is expanding rapidly 
| in governmental and private organisations. However, still only a limited 
| number of IT professionals, teachers and decision makers have sufficient 
| knowledge and expertise in these new fields. In order to cover this gap, the 
| Free Knowledge Institute and three European universities have founded the 
| Free Technology Academy. The first course materials will be available after 
| this summer.           


Microsoft's "Enervate America" Programme

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| Bet there's not much Firefox, Thunderbird of OpenOffice.org in *there*.
| It's a clever ploy, because it means that the state and local governments in 
| the US don't have to pay to re-train workers made redundant. For Microsoft, 
| of course, it's a brilliant way to turn people desperate to improve their 
| financial situation into vectors of its threatened techno-orthdoxy.   
| Sadly, the net result is that people are being trained how to use 20th 
| century technology for that 21st-century economy - more "Enervate America" 
| than "Elevate America". For a telling contrast, just think of all those 
| millions of young Brazilians who are growing up with a real understanding of 
| what computers are about and for....    



Can we rescue OLPC from Windows?

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| Proprietary software keeps users divided and helpless. Its functioning is
| secret, so it is incompatible with the spirit of learning. Teaching children
| to use a proprietary (non-free) system such as Windows does not make the
| world a better place, because it puts them under the power of the system's
| developer -- perhaps permanently. You might as well introduce the children to
| an addictive drug. If the XO turns out to be a platform for spreading the use
| of proprietary software, its overall effect on the world will be negative.



Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource.
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]

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