Free Software – Students Foment Change in College

“Thanks to the success of our student organization, LibrePlanet/Students for Free Culture, the school has just taken big steps to promote students’ adoption of free software. Firstly, all incoming Hampshire College students this semester received a USB drive with download links for free software (listed below). The drives also included information about our student group and the importance of free software because people need to know how it is different from nonfree software and why the distinction matters. Secondly, GNU/Linux has been added as a boot option on all computers in our library. The student group has managed to achieve both of these milestones in the span of just two semesters.”

via Hampshire College distributes free software bundle to all incoming students — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software.

Wow! I guess it’s time I retired. These young people can really get things done. I doubt they need any advice from me.

Education holds the keys from one side, making ordinary people aware of choices in IT. The other is educating retailers but that should happen naturally enough when these young people go shopping…

RMS continues spreading the word to students as well. He spoke at several colleges in Massachusetts over the years and FSF had an intern from Hampshire College a few years ago. The effort is bearing fruit.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to Free Software – Students Foment Change in College

  1. JR says:

    @ Chris Weig

    Your comment refers …..”It’s always sad when students are lost to the Cult of FLOSS. But they will wake up again someday. Rather sooner than later.”

    Wake up to what exactly.?

  2. kozmcrae says:

    Chris Weig wrote:

    “It’s always sad when students are lost to the Cult of FLOSS.”

    No need to feel bad Chris, Steve Ballmer showed up at UMASS (down the road from Hampshire College) a couple of years ago and gave the University a couple of million dollars. I’m sure they are eternally grateful to Microsoft and would never do anything to anger Steve Ballmer like giving their students a choice of using FLOSS.

  3. oiaohm says:

    Microsoft Student Partner look it up some time Chris Weig.

    This is where Microsoft gives free pizza and drinks and other things to try to get students attention.

    Cult of Microsoft is using bribery. Microsoft is not competing on the grounds there product is the best of the job.

  4. Ivan says:

    They’re just trying to atone for future war crimes, Chris. FLOSS has that power.

  5. oiaohm says:

    Chris Weig really you don’t get it. You need to assess a students skill. This is simpler when all the students have the same tools to work with.

    Even so they never ever fully forget Chris Weig this is the problem. The FOSS tools provide a base that you can depend on being able to use no matter what.

  6. Chris Weig says:

    It’s always sad when students are lost to the Cult of FLOSS. But they will wake up again someday. Rather sooner than later.

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