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'Open Minds' want Linux and open source in American schools

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Many other countries are turning to Linux and open-source for their school-house computer needs, and now there's a conference for those who want to bring it to schools in the U.S.

The K-12 Open Minds Conference is being held in Indianapolis on October 9 through 11. It's being advertised as the first national K-12 gathering for teachers, technicians and educational leaders to share and explore the benefits of open source in education. The kick-off reception is Tuesday, October 9, with the regular conference sessions on October 10 and 11.

According to Steve Hargadon, an educator who promotes open source and Web-based computing, "This is the must-attend event of the year relating to Free and Open Source Software in K-12 education. There are more tracks and topics that I already want to see than I will have time to attend. There are currently over 55 planned conference sessions, covering the use of Linux and open-source use in classroom, teaching, technical, and leadership aspects."

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