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Re: [K12OSN] Advocacy: barriers to adoption (was LTSP presentation to Ed tech leaders...)



well put!!!


> --- Robert Arkiletian <robark gmail com> wrote:
>> Have you ever tried explaining FOSS to someone who
>> has never heard of it
>> before?
>
> Whenever I have to explain it to somebody for the
> first time, and they give me the "if it's free, it
> can't be any good" look, I remind them that people
> volunteer all the time.
>
> For instance, in the United States, soccer (the rest
> of the world calls it football) is very popular with
> young kids, and many towns have soccer leagues w/ many
> teams and many *volunteer* coaches.  Same thing goes
> for Boy Scouts, church groups, alumni associations,
> etc.
>
> After they agree that what I'm saying is indeed true,
> then I say "What if you could electronically copy your
> kid's soccer coach and share him with the rest of the
> world?  And what if you could get a copy of the coach
> out in California who's really good at teaching
> defense, and also get a copy of the coach in Texas who
> really knows how to get the kids to act as a team,
> etc.  You guys would have the best soccer team on
> earth."
>
> I also remind them that just because writing programs
> seems a lot harder than coaching soccer (from their
> point of view), not everybody sees it that way.  Some
> people love to program, and some of those people are
> nice enough to share all their hard work with the rest
> of the world.
>
> -Rob
>
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