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[News] Opinion: How Free Software/GNU/Linux Can Improve a Child's Skills

  • Subject: [News] Opinion: How Free Software/GNU/Linux Can Improve a Child's Skills
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 22:45:26 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Why I Want My Daughter to be a Hacker

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| Letâs define what I mean by the term 
| âhackerâ first.  There is so much FUD out 
| there around this term.  Large controlling 
| institutions want you to fear hackers, want 
| you to think the hacker mindset is 
| dangerous.  This could not be farther from 
| the truth.  Hackers are simply empowered 
| individuals that want to figure things out 
| for themselves.  With hacker properly 
| defined, letâs get to the meat, why I want 
| my daughter to be a hacker:
| 1.  Hackers are not consumer lemmings â As 
| large institutions continue to brainwash 
| American citizens into becoming slaves to 
| the systems theyâve created; hackers know 
| that there is a life outside these systems 
| of user dependence, a better life.  
| Institutional dependence is literally 
| killing us.  Our dependence on the 
| institutional food system has left us 
| disease ridden and physically incapable.  
| Dependence on western medical systems is 
| bankrupting us.  Our two major political 
| parties both preach institutional 
| dependence; one insists dependence on big 
| government institutions, the other 
| dependence on big corporate institutions.  
| Hackers preach self and small community 
| dependence. i.e. independence.



Foresight Kid's can inspire young minds

,----[ Quote ]
| My 4-year-old granddaughter test drove Foresight Kid's Edition and had a
| wonderful time. Her previous computer experience didn't include menu
| operation as far as I knew, but she had observed its use. Up until this point
| she had been accustomed to finding the icons for Tuxpaint and Frozen Bubble
| on the desktop. Possibly due to the contrast, she was first drawn to the
| Trash icon, but it didn't take long before she was clicking the menu start
| button. When the menu unfolded, she moved the cursor to the snaky Nibbles
| icon and clicked.
| [...]
| Foresight Kid's Edition is a useful system for children of all ages. From an
| educational tool to an everyday desktop, Foresight Kid's seems to be quite
| flexible despite its emphasis on young ones. It would be particularly handy
| for setting up a system for children using an older computer you were
| thinking of throwing out, or a replacement for other systems that are prone
| to dangerous malware.

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