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Thurman Speaks About Low FLOSS Literacy

The content for this "Thurman Speaks" was generated by an article I read in the Arizona Republic.

   "Business execs share concerns over education"

   Greg Wyman, Apache Junction School District
   superintendent, was quoted saying the following
   about providing software to students: "We can't 
   get it into into their hands for purely cost
   reasons."  He then issues a plea to Bill Gates
   to reduce the cost of Microsoft products.  

   It appears as though Mr. Wyman doesn't know about
   FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software).  
   Granted not all FLOSS is available for zero 
   cost, but a lot of it is.  For example, OpenOffice 
   is Open Source software available for free that is 
   a quality alternative to Microsoft Office.  Want 
   students to learn about image processing?  The GIMP 
   (Graphic Image Manipulation Program) is Free Software 
   that is often used as a free software replacement for 
   Adobe Photoshop.

   I was assuming that all public institutions looked
   for Free Software and Open Source before unconditionally
   selecting proprietary software solutions; Mr. Wyman
   has proved me wrong.

Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 21 May 2007