Richard Stallman on Free Software in Education

Steve Hargadon inverviewed Richard Stallman on Free Software in education.

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Richard Stallman

Here’s some useful links.
Order a copy of Ubuntu. Watch Ubuntu Videos. Free Software for windows users.

My kids are going to love this

The other day I was helping people use computers at a local community group, I knew all of them have young children so I put together a CD with Tux Paint, Tux Paint stamps, GCompris, Elephants Dream and I have some SFD leaflets left over so I gave them a copy of that and we wrote the url of Wikipedia and my blog on the back. We briefly discussed some of those things and then had a look at Tux Paint and GCompris. They were all really happy with the software and we had fun doing some of the activities. Not everyone has the internet at home so thats something to remember.
Links to download the versions for windows users:

The page to download Elephants Dream.

The image above is Copyright © Eric R. Jeschke CC License

Software Freedom day events


It was raining on Saturday but I decided to get out of the house and join the crew in the city. I managed to find Elspeth and Stephen. As it says in a previous post we were in the heart of the city at Queen Street Mall, handing out Free Software CDs and an information leaflet. It was challenging at first but quite a few people were interested in software freedom. Some of them would stop and chat and thank us for the info and software so that was nice. After a while I was comfortable with chatting to random people, we handed out all the gear and everything went really well. Below is an image from the top of the Mall. You can click on some of the images in this post to see them fullsize or view the sfd 2006 gallery.

Queen Street Mall


Thanks to Christopher Wilkes and Humbug we had a free stall at the Sunday Computer Market. Below is an image of our setup. Most of the people came passed from left to right. On the left we had my system playing movies and used it to demonstrate Edubuntu. In the middle we had Ubuntu installing over and over and used it to explain what a Live CD is and what the GNOME desktop environment is. On the right we had Michaels system running Kubuntu with Xgl/Compiz and a webcam so we used it to demonstrate those things and show the difference between GNOME and KDE.

Setup for SFD 2006

Below is the left side of the tables.

Left Side SFD 2006

Below is the right side of the tables, if you look closely at the desktop you can see me on the webcam taking the photo and the rain effect starting.

Right Side SFD 2006

Below we see Michael.

Micheal at SFD 2006

Below we see Me.

Chris SFD 2006

Below shows the posters and we ended up running out of Ubuntu CD’s so using K3b we starting making copies for the people who came near the end of the day.

End of the day SFD 2006

It was pretty much nonstop from 10am till 1pm and Michael handed out leaflets to the people that lined up outside before the market opened to give them something to read while they wait. Overall I think they day went really well, I think some of the people who use or have used GNU/Linux were happy to see us there and they hung around and helped out by sharing their experience with the people who wanted to know what it was all about. Xgl/Compiz was so useful for showing off the desktop. The other thing that was nice was one guy donated blank CD’s and another put $2 on the table, even after Michael explained Free Software and shipit he refused to take it back, I think it was a matter of principle to him, I thought that was interesting. We also told everyone about HUMBUG so hopefully some of them will turn up to the next meeting.

There was one thing that was kind of personal to me, a science teacher from the first secondary public school I worked at turned up. I’d distributed live CD’s and chatted to him about Free Software before so it was nice to be able to demonstrate Kalzium, Kstars, Celestia and I also played Elephants Dream for him. The friend he had with him was also a teacher but he worked at a private school and he mentioned that at his school there’s equality among teachers and if he thought these resources were beneficial to the students then no one could stop him from using them. The science teacher ended up saying the software looked great and that he would try to install Edubuntu at the school so that was good to hear, I hope he has more luck then I did. It was nice to show them a complete platform thats designed for education.

Some of the things we discussed afterwards were using better hardware, we didnt get photos of all the people or the market mainly because we were busy so it would have been nice if we had someone there to do that and we want to build a freedom toaster just like the one on the site. I’ve probably left out some interesting stuff but hopefully Michael will leave a comment with more info.

Happy Software Freedom Day

Let us all rejoice

Free Software Foundation

Software Freedom Day


Brisbane’s SFD Team this year is celebrating on both Saturday 16th September and Sunday 17th September 2006. Saturday we will be in the heart of the city at Queen Street Mall, handing out Freesoftware CDs and an information leaflet.

Then on Sunday we will be at the Computer Markets from 10am till 1pm. We will have on display PC’s running Free Software including the latest Xgl/Compiz running on Kubuntu, Ubuntu Standard Install and a system to demonstrate how simple installation of Free Software is. We will have Free Software CDs, Leaflets, stickers, posters promoting SFD.

The Sunday computer Markets will be held at

Ipswich Basketball Stadium 2 Stafford Street, Booval – adjacent to Macartney Street 10 am until 1pm

I’ll be at the computer markets on Sunday so I hope to see some of you there, my system will be used to show Edubuntu. I’m thinking I’ll play some of the inspirational Redhat, IBM movies, demo GCompris and software for education and kids.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Thanks Noiesmo for organising the Brisbane team.

Software Freedom Day

Thanks for reminding me that this is coming up Noiesmo.

From the Wikipedia Entry for Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). SFD is a public education effort, not only to celebrate the virtues of Free and Open Source Software, but also to encourage its use, to the benefit of the public.

SFD was established in 2004 and was first observed on August 28, 2004 when over 70 teams participated. Since that time it has grown in popularity as more than 300 teams from over 60 countries celebrated on the second SFD, held on September 10, 2005. The primary sponsor for 2005-2006 is Canonical Ltd, the company behind the Ubuntu, a Linux distribution.
Software Freedom Day is now the third Saturday of each September. For 2006, SFD will be September 16th.

Official Project Website: Software Freedom Day
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

I’m not sure what we’re doing yet, its roughly 5 weeks away. Here’s some ideas. I hope my friends and the people I’ve met through FOSS and free culture would like to spend the day celebrating with us.

Squeak and Free Software

The Worlds of SqueakThe 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. “

Thats good news. You can read the discussion on the Squeak-dev mailing list for more info.

Here’s my Squeak and Croquet project research page. I’ll update it soon. Take a look at the Squeaklet Demo and the Squeak and Croquet page at the wiki s growing as well.

Games that Empower

Happy PLayer 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 to some of them. Recently a few of the teachers I’ve met seem to focus on what they call 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 over 3 years old now so the download links aren’t likely to work, visit the games website to download them.