“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.”
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.