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    Quote Originally Posted by torledo View Post
    "No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful"
    At least she'd got half way there - she had figured out that software is written by people, and some of it is charged for. Lots of teachers are still at the stage where they don't understand that they can't have a given application or resource on their PC or in their classroom because it needs to be paid for. Lots of people still seem to think that Windows and MS Office just kind of comes built in to the PC - I surprise people on a weekly basis by telling them that to upgrade their software they are going to have to go and buy a new copy.

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    Nice spin David

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    LOL Silly Teacher!

    Im a big fan of Linux and to offend such a project is near Blasphemy!

    Sounds like she needs to do some basic research before she fires of such letters, obviously she has never heard of "Freeware".

    Tut Tut Tut!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    At least she'd got half way there - she had figured out that software is written by people, and some of it is charged for.
    I'm sorry but saying NO software is free isn't getting halfway there....that's a pretty definitive statement, she didn't even qualify that with saying that 'some' of it is charged for. She basically implied that all software has a monetary cost/fee.

    Ofcourse there is a cost, from the internet connection used to download the material, to the hosting cost, to the hours of human effort. But it didn't sound like she was being that cute in her reference to the cost of software.

    She herself said something along the lines of.....**i have no idea about whether what you are doing is legal or otherwise**......so why on earth write the flipping letter if you don't know. She works in a school, what's wrong with asking the kids, 'hey, is there such a thing as software that doesn't command a monetary payment' She could even have set it as a homework assignment, letting others do the research for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torledo View Post
    I'm sorry but saying NO software is free isn't getting halfway there....that's a pretty definitive statement, she didn't even qualify that with saying that 'some' of it is charged for. She basically implied that all software has a monetary cost/fee.
    Okay, her original email was pretty crummily written - like you say, she admits she doesn't know about the subject she's complaining about, then goes ahead and complains anyway. She did at least try.

    We should try and get across to teachers / pupils that all software (and stuff like images, music) is licensed. Licenses differ. It is a good idea to know about different ones. Teachers (and pupils) don't seem to register that someone has had to create, and owns, all the stuff you see plastered around the web - images, especially, people seem to assume are open to be used as you wish. Much better to get people on to the idea of using (and creating) Creative Commons materials (or GPL, etc, software) rather than blunder around using whatever they find.

    Edit: Hmm, I feel a poster coming on. Something that nice and simply explains different types of content / software license so teachers and pupils get the right idea. Anyone already got one? Uh, Creative Commons licensed, ideally...

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