US teacher detains student for using Linux

This is interesting. I think you should encourage kids to try alternate technologies like this. They can do it now while they have a chance – BEFORE they get into a job that requires them to conform to a particular option. There is nothing wrong with Linux – and it is mostly free.

Mr. Stark went on to say:
“The most disturbing part of this resides in the fact that the Austin Independent School District purchases millions of dollars of Microsoft Software – money that could be better spent on educating our children. A dedicated school teacher would recognise that fact and lobby for a switch to free open source software.”

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A teacher in Austin, Texas has lashed out against the open-source Linux
operating system, punishing one of her students for demonstrating and handing
out copies of the HeliOS Linux distribution and writing an email to the
distributor claiming the software may be illegal.

After confiscating the discs and detaining the student, the teacher, known
only as Karen, wrote an email to Linux evangelist Ken Starks from HeliOS, most
of which he
on his blog
together with his response.

In her email the teacher wrote: “Mr Starks, 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. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is
legal. No software is free, and spreading that misconception is harmful. These
children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. 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.”

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