Ok, a slightly provocative title there, I’m sorry. But I have to rant a little about a story I’ve come across. Bascially, a teacher in Texas reprimanded a pupil for handing out CDs containing a distribution of Linux. She then emailed the distro’s founder to complain. The email contained gems like…
At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.
This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them.
It’s at times like these that I’m glad our daugher uses both OS X and WinXP and is already aware of the concept of choice.
Full text, and reponse here: http://linuxlock.blogspot.com/2008/12/linux-stop-holding-our-kids-back.html