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Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition
Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition
Thu, 15 May 2003 21:16:01 +0100
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I thought this was regarding the support for the distant learning
courses. eg: the support for M$ IE, Outlook etc. or in the case of
Bikbeck I found that they supported Netscape on Windows and Mac and
thats it! The courses are coordinated on a MUD server running GNU/Linux!
There are so many free MUD clients out there on free systems but
non-free web browser interface is what is officially supported!
MJ Ray <address@hidden> writes:
Actually, another thing that I'm not having much joy with is the OU. I
got so far, but was then told that their hostile "students accepts all
risk and no help" towards free software was a policy decision. When I
asked who makes that policy, they started ignoring me. Can anyone find
out the answer?
I do not know about other fields of study but being into
bioinfo/proteomics myself, it is great to see highly capable free
software actively replacing the many 'freeware' that force a limit on
the OS or the cost. I would really like to discuss some related issues
offlist with anyone interested.
finished a degree in Molecular Biology, but I thought studying
In my experience I find that the fellow students addicted to a certain
system help the tutors to stick to the status quo as all the confusing
talk of 'freeware is not free software' gets too much for everyone.
Especially when the tutors were from a generation when the software
freedom was not an issue and now they have to put up with the non-free
administrative document formats anyway.
Maybe the the ones who would stand up for free software never join these
courses because they haven't been 'empowered' !
The point I am making is that distant study from the comfortable and
*affrodable* locations will be fair on good citizens only if teaching
institutions adopt and support free software.
It is worth looking into the possibility of presenting a united front to
highlight this for different fields of studies.
People like the OU will have to take notice then.
More worryingly I have noted that my kid is being introduced to
non-free software at playgroup that I cannot supply at home!!
The scope of free sofware is truly astonishing and it is time that there
is one central resource highlighting/promoting this in the UK, to the
Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, MJ Ray, 2003/05/15
- [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, Ramanan Selvaratnam, 2003/05/13
- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, Chris Croughton, 2003/05/14
- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, Ramanan Selvaratnam, 2003/05/14
- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, MJ Ray, 2003/05/15
- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, Ramanan Selvaratnam, 2003/05/15
- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, Roger Leigh, 2003/05/15
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- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, MJ Ray, 2003/05/16
- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, Ramanan Selvaratnam, 2003/05/16
- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, MJ Ray, 2003/05/20
- Re: [Fsfe-uk] hacker definition, Ramanan Selvaratnam, 2003/05/20