Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Today, Sunday, is the first day of Red Hat High, and I’m expecting 47 kids. It’s 4:00 in the afternoon, and orientation starts at 4:30. Of those 47 kids, how many have arrived so far? Three, that’s how many. Three anxious middle-schoolers and their families, all milling around the huge, empty meeting hall at Red Hat headquarters. The parents mostly make small talk about the weather outside, which is incredibly hot. Maybe it’s global warming, they say — as if the fact that it’s Raleigh in July isn’t enough to explain the 95 degree temperature outside. I check my watch again: now it’s 4:02 pm.
I feel like an anxious party host, worrying that maybe all the guests just didn’t want to be rude when they accepted their invitations, when they never really intended to come to the party at all. I grab my cell phone and call Keith Warren, the operations manager for N.C. State University’s Science House, our partners in this endeavor.
Free software is good enough for schools.
As users of free software, we know it. We use free software every day, and we derive great value from it. We understand the value of free software, and the value of the communities that create and sustain free software.
As free software continues to improve in quality, the struggle to increase the adoption of free software becomes a struggle to educate users.