Archive for March, 2009

Spreading Linux is a Crime?

March 27, 2009

Spreading Linux is a crime according to US teacher

A teacher has thrown a student into detention and threatened to call the police for using Linux in her classroom
The teacher spotted one of her students giving a demonstration of the HeliOS distro to other students. In a somewhat over-the-top reaction, she confiscated the CDs, put the student on detention and whipped off a letter to the HeliOS Project threatening to report it to the police for distributing illegal software.
I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom,” writes the teacher, identified only as Karen.

“At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows.

“I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting Linux on these machines is holding our kids back,” she writes.

Read more to get the answer of the linux distribution which is being accused to be “illegal”.

Crazy what some people are thinking. Maybe it’s not possible for them to believe that there are things which are free as in beer AND free as in speech.


I’m Linux?

March 24, 2009

Linux doesn’t have much in the way of advertising. While Apple’s wonderful “I’m a Mac” TV ad campaign is famous, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld ads are infamous, Linux really doesn’t have anything. Now, the Linux Foundation is trying to change that with it’s “We’re Linux” Video Contest.   [more]

Three videos which I find quite nice.

What are the Commons?

March 15, 2009


Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful

March 12, 2009



March 6, 2009


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If Operating Systems or Programming Languages ran Airlines

March 2, 2009

There are funny comparisons of operating systems and programming languages based on how they would manage airlines.