[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[Fsuk-manchester] Young people & free software

From: Tim Dobson
Subject: [Fsuk-manchester] Young people & free software
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 22:18:32 +0100
User-agent: Thunderbird (X11/20080505)

Recently I have noticed an increasing number of young people using GNU/Linux and/or interested in free software.

As we have seen on the Manchester Free Software mailing list[1], and, very recently on the Sheflug list[2], young people *want* to get involved in free software and using GNU/Linux but often find themselves feeling intimidated by the 50+ university guys.
(no offence meant there :] - *I* don't feel intimidated)

In general, people tend to pre-judge you based on age rather than your abilities, achievements or what you have to say. For me, this meant that I am usually extremely unwilling to give the impression that I am younger than the average age on a mailing list to avoid my posts getting ignored or laughed off.

I believe that teenagers are especially valuable when it comes to free software and GNU/Linux and while it would be desirable to draw young people into LUG's and FSUG's, this is somewhat difficult simply because teenagers (usually) prefer to be in the company of other teenagers and many feel somewhat uncomfortable in environments where they are outnumbered by those who are much older than them.

What do people think to the formation of a group and mailing list, to compliment Manchester Free Software and ManLUG and http://adfa.co.nr , to create a social area for young people (in Manchester/The North West) interested in issues surrounding Free Software and GNU/Linux to socialise and get help, whilst co-operating with FSUG's and LUG's to advocate free software and GNU/Linux, especially in schools.


[1] http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/fsuk-manchester/2007-11/msg00104.html
[2] http://www.meiring.org.uk/sheflug/mailarchive/2008/05/msg00009.html

If each of us have one object, and we exchange them, then each of us
still has one object.
If each of us have one idea, and we exchange them, then each of us now
has two ideas.   -  George Bernard Shaw

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]