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[News] Free Software a Long-term Investment, Education Tool

  • Subject: [News] Free Software a Long-term Investment, Education Tool
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 00:06:18 +0000
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Making Money by Giving Stuff Away

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| First, free software appeared among the 
| hacker community, where price was 
| irrelevant, since the culture was largely 
| one of sharing. From there, it seeped into 
| companies, usually unbeknownst to 
| management, which only found out about the 
| fact later. By that time, the open source 
| applications â notably GNU/Linux, Samba and 
| Apache - had not only proved their 
| technical quality, they had shown that 
| something that cost nothing could, indeed, 
| be worth much more than its nominal price 
| tag. 


A little know but very powerful tool for homeschooling: Free Software

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| Stop: How did you discover Free Software?
| Dean: I stumbled across Free Software programs 
| for typing, geography, hangman (spelling) and 
| crossword and soon realized that I could 
| actually make educating my son fun using Free 
| Software that was primarily Linux driven.
| Stop:Did you have to learn programming to use 
| this software?
| Dean: No, I am not a software developer. I am 
| a "post-frustrated Microsoft user" that did 
| the math and figured the amount of time I 
| spent trying to fix things that could not be 
| fixed in Windows would have been spent wiser 
| learning a better operating system (Linux 
| Ubuntu in my case, but there is also a 
| version, Edubuntu,, already preconfigured for 
| school usage). I am happy enough that I want 
| to try to convince other homeschoolers in my 
| area to follow my path. 



What Should We Teach New Software Developers? Why?

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| Computer science must be at the center of
| software systems development. If it is not,
| we must rely on individual experience and
| rules of thumb, ending up with less capable,
| less reliable systems, developed and
| maintained at unnecessarily high cost. We
| need changes in education to allow for
| improvements of industrial practice.

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