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
Created: 21 May 2007