Nice spin David ;) :)
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!!!
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.
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...