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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free software K-12 schools and colleges

From: Aaron E-J
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free software K-12 schools and colleges
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:38:34 -0500
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I asked a similar question a while back, both here and on other forums, and the general consensus was that the vast majority of schools (in the US anyway) are proprietary entrenched.  I have thought about creating a FSF group in the Pioneer Valley, MA (Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield corridor) but haven't got around to it, in part because there are other tech groups in the area (but that are not necessarily open source focused, although some of the members use open technologies).  If there are others in the area who would be interested in such a thing, let me know. 

Aaron E-J (Blog)
On 2017-01-25 6:16 PM, Vito Torleone wrote:
(I may have inadvertently sent an encrypted version of this. Sorry!)

Thanks Zak.

    Are you aware of local FSF chapters or user groups that meet in
person? I'm thinking about organizing such a group with the goal of
educating members of my community about free software, having free
software distribution installation events and discussing privacy
protection tools etc. - all in light of thinking globally by acting
locally, which may be especially important in these uncertain times. I
attended user group meetings about various topics 20+ years ago and
they were always very helpful. Is this a model of free software
activism that can be effective with online assistance now just a few
clicks away? Is the personal touch still relevant?

Anyone else please feel free to chime in!


On 01/25/2017 05:09 PM, Zak Rogoff wrote:
On 01/25/2017 05:55 AM, Vito Torleone wrote:

Can anyone provide a list of K-12 schools or colleges that use only free
software in their work with students? I'm particularly interested in
institutions in the New York City metro area, but Northeast/mid-Atlantic
would also be helpful. I'd like to track down potential contacts and
determine if they might be attending this year's Libre Planet.



If you find even one such school, I'd be thrilled. It would also be
worth making a list of schools that offer GNU/Linux computers to
students, as a wider net to cast.

The LibrePlanet Wiki is always available if you'd like to make a
collaborative list:

Glad to see people getting excited for LibrePlanet. It's gonna be a fun one.


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