Free Software in the Classroom

There’s a nice story at Newsforge called A free education. It tells the story of how Sean “Nz17” Robinson solved a problem for his sisters second grade primary school class by introducing them to free software.

Someone could finish the Games that Empower project by learning how to use the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, I might get time, it looks like it would be handy for distributing free software on windows. All the popular GNU/Linux distributions usually come with a nice collection of educational software, games and educational games e.g KDE Edutainment project, DebianEdu, Edubuntu and Fedora OLPC.

Squeak and Free Software


The original Squeak release is available under APSL2. The APSL2 is listed as a GPL-Incompatible, Free Software License so this means we have a version of Squeak that is Free Software.

“This is a free software license, incompatible with the GNU GPL. We recommend that you not use this license for new software that you write, but it is ok to use and improve the software released under this license. More explanation is available. “

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Defective by Design

defective by design

Newsforge has the story FSF launches anti-DRM campaign outside WinHEC 2006

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) launched its anti-Digital Rights Management (DRM) campaign in Seattle this morning. When attendees of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2006 arrived at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center to hear a keynote address by Bill Gates, a small group of FSF members and their local allies were waiting to greet them, dressed in yellow hazmat suits and handing out pamphlets explaining that Microsoft products are — in the words of the key slogan for the campaign — “defective by design” because of the DRM technologies included in them.

The FSF has created the Web site.

Blog Update


I updated my blog to WordPress 2.0.2 and decided to clean it up and make sure its valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional, you can test that its Valid XHTML . Pretty happy about that, originally I installed every plugin I could find and didn’t really think I’d get into blogging, there’s a lot of really useful plugins. Lately I’ve been looking at the plugins that use AJAX.

As you can see I changed the theme and made a few changes, recently I noticed that displaying comments might be a good idea, I also changed the setting that will allow users that have had an approved comment to post comments without moderation. I also added a poll. So please if you visit the blog add a comment and vote on the poll.

Elephants Dream

Sorry to copy this straight from Slashdot but its looks good.

This month has seen the internet release of the first 3D ‘Open Movie’, Elephants Dream.” From the site: “The 3D animated short ‘Elephants Dream’ will today be released as a free and public download. This is the final stage of a successfully completed Open Movie project which has been community-financed, using only Open Source tools, and opening up the movie itself as well as the entire studio database for everyone to re-use and learn from. The movie and production files are licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.5, which only requires a proper crediting for public screening, re-using and distribution.”

Wikipedia entry for Elephants Dream.

Its interesting to see works of art and entertainment being free.

Podcast Generator 0.8 Released

podcast generator

Podcaster Generator 0.8 is out. I’ve been using and modifying this project. I made some minor changes to the code and here’s a screenshot of the changes I made to the administration menu. You also get a glimpse of the gnome desktop and firefox web browser in action.

Alberto Betella released 0.8 this morning so I’ll start using it. His code is much nicer than mine. Here’s the changes.

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Games that Empower

Happy Kids

I put together a project called Games that empower.

Its a collection of Free, Libre and Open source games and a simple way for people to download them.

There’s been a lot of hype about the value of game based learning in education lately so I hope this project is useful. Recently a few of the teachers I’ve met seem to focus on social justice and the issue of free as in gratis so perhaps this project can be helpful to people struggling financially as well. They can avoid spyware, adware, malware and violating copyright by using these games.

Feel free to spread it around, I know if I had more time for computer games I would enjoy stumbling across this project.

UPDATE: The list is so old now, I hope to update this project soon.

Eventful weekend

A bit of a late post, anyway I enjoyed the Buddha’s birthday festival, the food was good, the entertainment and events were excellent.

“At his birth, seven lotus flowers sprung up beneath his feet as he walked – pointing one hand to the sky and ground he said “in the heaven above and earth below, I vow to liberate all who suffer in these three realms”.

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