Teacher tells students Linux is “illegal” and confiscates their copies

Michael Lauzon mlauzon-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org
Wed Dec 10 15:57:37 UTC 2008

Found this on Slashdot, however the quote is taken directly from the
blog -- with a link to the blog -- and the subject of the message is
taken from another story pointing to the blog:

"...observed one of my students with a group of other children
gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was
giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the
ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating
the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came
to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you
strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support
your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I
am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and
spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to
adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time
allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I
will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many
others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you
make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your
attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but
putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.

This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and
putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping
these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they
would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison
of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service
to those receiving them..."



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