RMS Calls to Liberate Cyberspace

Richard Stallman

“Proprietary software is an antisocial practice”.

Henri Poole writes “In an interview with Groklaw’s Sean Daly at GPLv3 Conference in Barcelona, RMS talks with passion about the dangers of DRM. From the article: ‘the point is, we shouldn’t be passive victims! We should decide that it will not happen! And the way we decide that is by activism. We have to do everything possible to make sure that those products are rejected, that they fail, that they give bad reputations to whoever makes them.’ He closed the interview with a far reaching goal for the Free Software Movement: ‘the goal is to liberate everyone in cyberspace.’”

Order your copies of Edubuntu today, its free


I wrote a post in my EdNA group about shipit and how to get free copies of Edubuntu for yourself and your students. I orderred 60 copies of Edubuntu so if your near Brisbane and looking for a copy then send me a message. I read Klepas blog and his copies already arrived so you can see what I’m talking about below.

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Fresh install with Libre Software on windows

Libre Software for a fresh install of windows.

http://optusnet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/sevenzip/7z442.exe http://optusnet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/urlget/urlgfe-1.0rc2.exe http://mirror.pacific.net.au/openoffice/stable/2.0.2/OOo_2.0.2_Win32Intel_install.exe http://optusnet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/clamwin/clamwin- http://ftp-mozilla.netscape.com/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/ http://mozilla-atl.osuosl.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/ http://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/videolan/vlc/0.8.5/win32/vlc-0.8.5-win32.exe http://optusnet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/audacity/audacity-win-1.2.4b.exe http://www.webhostxpress.net/%7Emitiok/lame-3.96.1.zip http://optusnet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/gaim/gaim-1.5.0.exe http://optusnet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/inkscape/Inkscape-0.44-1.win32.exe http://wengofiles.wengo.fr/wengophone/WengoSetup_0.99.exe

Its probably easiest to use a download manager and copy the list of urls above into a text file and then open the text file with the download manager. Then you’ll be setup for the Games that empower project as well. We have more software lists planned for future projects.

Intelligence Amplification Panel – Building the Metaverse

Download the MP3 from ITConversations given at the Accelerating Change 2005 conference.

Posted: June 17th, 2006, 3:00pm EST

The Metaverse: the social, media-rich, 3-dimensional Web. In this panel at Accelerating Change 2005, entitled “Building the Metaverse”, two examples of the emerging Metaverse are demonstrated. Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Lab, shows off Second Life and David Alan Smith, creator of “The Colony”, demonstrates the Croquet project. What emerges are two similarly powerful interactive systems that are allowing people to interact and be creative together in ways never before possible. As computation spreads ever deeper into our lives, we will all increasingly live in the Metaverse. When you can build the ideal world, what do you build?

Nicholas Negroponte – Participation Revolution

Download the MP3 of this talk.

Posted: June 10th, 2006, 3:00pm EST

Nicholas Negroponte wants to give every school child in the developing world a laptop computer. He has established a non-profit organization to design and produce $100 laptops for sale to governments in quantities of no less than 1 million machines on the condition that they are given to school children. In this talk, he describes his and his colleague Seymour Papert’s experience with educational computing in developing nations as well as the machine design.

It’s the ability to learn tools, not the tools themselves

software tools

From: Mark Shuttleworths Blog :

One of the big debates we are having at the moment in the Foundation is all about how to design a curriculum to stimulate the development of analytical skills. The thing I care most about is that we focus not on the specific set of tools, but on the ability to “learn and apply a current tool set”.

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Learn foreign languages with open source software

From Newsforge:

Learn foreign languages with open source software
Posted: June 14th, 2006, 3:00am EST by StoneLion

When you are learning a foreign language, you need all the help you can get. Besides applications like jVLT, jMemorize, and StarDict, there are other tools that are not designed specifically for language learning, but they can make the learning process more efficient and fun. All you have to do is to think creatively.

This is doubling up as a test of the blog this plugin for Gregarius. Basically Gregarius is a Web 2.0 feedreader. You can take a look at my demo. The other one I looked at was Tiny Tiny RSS, it looks like the difference is that tiny tiny rss is multi-user. Here’s a Newsforge article on Gregarius.