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Hi :)
Ahh, i love to see these urban myths grow.

That one was an Australian school teacher, not a principle.  The kid
then introduced her to the owner of [either a local charity or a
cyber-cafe (i forget which)] who was able to help the teacher become
better informed.  Unfortunately the teacher then started receiving
very unpleasant emails from quite a lot of people who were not quite
up-to-speed and hadn't realised she had completely turned around so
quickly.  The cafe-owner stood up for her and got a few of us, in
different forums, to calm things down as quickly as possible.  It was
quite turbulent time emotionally, with a lot of us suddenly being
ashamed even for fairly innocuous posts but then quite chuffed at
playing a part in sorting it out.  I got the impression that the
charity worker was then encouraged to run a computing club in the
school.  I think the school considered moving to linux although that
might have been another place.  So, there were a lot of good outcomes.

Actually, it seems that what the teacher had initially said was not so
much a reprimand rather it was more of a wise warning, along the lines
of "there's no such thing as a free lunch".  In OpenSource a lot of
people end up volunteering some of their time to help others or to
help develop the software but many of us see that as an additional
benefit of the OpenSource world.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 26 December 2013 18:44, Robert Holtzman <> wrote:
On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 12:11:30PM +0000, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
No worries!  It was good to hear from you and also good to get a
chuckle on a day which is otherwise quite depressing or annoying for a
lot of people.  Plus, i had been taking the initial post waaaay too
seriously before you pointed out 'the obvious'.

No problem. Actually, I like to see stuff like this occasionally. It
breaks up the monotony.


Obviously a LOT of people were upset about the BolgenOS story but for
me the most upsetting part was that
1.  an IT Tutor had no idea about non-MS OSes.  Even if he/she was a
more generic science teacher i'd have hoped for a little less

That's common in the school systems. There's a story circulating about a
principal who reamed some kid for using linux, telling him that "that's a
hacker's OS". Yeah, it makes me livid too.


Take care.

Bob Holtzman
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