|Subject:||Re: [Fsuk-manchester] MS Windows on the OLPC|
|Date:||Sat, 17 May 2008 00:26:27 +0100|
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"A lot of it will end up as what governments and educational institutions choose to use," added James Utzchneider of Microsoft.
What I'm interested in is why and how governments and educational institution chose to use MS.
If we lived in a true democracy, surely we would be asked what our taxes were spent on. And who wouldn't choose an open, evolving, free and ethical framework for our future generations of learning and business?
So last year I heard the Stockport was tarting to use Open Source software in education. Anyone know if this has happened, and if so, has it started to kick in?
I'm seriously interested in setting up an action group on pushing free and open source software in education in Manchester (or joining one!!).
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Following on from yesterday's debate, what do people think of OLPC's decision to start selling the laptops with MS Windows installed? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7402365.stm Many governments have been asking for MS Windows to be installed and it will undoubtedly mean that more are sold in the short term. It will also dual boot GNU/Linux. For those people who are not morally against proprietary software, do you still feel that way in light of this decision? Is this just a practical solution needed to get more laptops in the hands of children to help them learn? I know that yesterday I was having problems thinking that proprietary software was immoral, although I knew it was 'bad'. Today, I think that things are much simpler, forcing kids to use proprietary software because 'everyone else is using it' or because 'it trains them for business' is wrong, completely morally wrong. It scares me to see how much influence one company has and it frustrates me that kids will be missing out on valuable learning because of the interest of business. _______________________________________________ Fsuk-manchester mailing list address@hidden http://lists.nongnu.org/mailman/listinfo/fsuk-manchester
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