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January 29, 2008

Education in the Philippines : Spreading the Freedom of Linux

by @ 1:01 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux News, oss news

Linux is beginning to thrive pretty nicely in Philippines schools. You know, that’s where it should start. I wrote about the need to introduce Linux into the educational system almost two years ago. Where else will people learn about it? Are you going to rely on peoples’ desire to spend untold hours learning how to use Linux? Let’s be honest, it is easier than it used to be, but people don’t like to spend time learning. The world is getting more and more impatient with each passing day. People don’t like to spend time learning, unless it is spoonfed to them. Meaning: if you take your average person and sit them in front of two computers, one with Linux, and one with Windows, they will choose the one they’re most comfortable and familiar with. That’s just what human beings do. However, if you sit someone down and get them exposed to Linux, provide them a course or ten, and personal instruction and help, they are 10,000% more likely to accept it.

Try throwing a LiveCD at someone and tell them to learn Linux. It won’t work. Sit them down, show them the latest Compiz Fusion-enabled system, and they will be mesmerized. Spend some time with them. Be objective with your explanations about why Linux is a great alternative. Give them a stable environment where they can get the help they need, and people will be much more likely to use Linux. This is the potential of the education system. It provides a stable environment where people can learn. You just need to have a competent instructor that can explain things well, just like any other type of class.

There are a ton of ways that putting Linux into High Schools and such will benefit many, many, many people. The younger generations will be able to know life without the agony of dealing with proprietary operating systems. They will know the freedom of open source. Who knows, they may even spread the concept to things like Open Source cars. Maybe an open source aircraft? How about an open source spacecraft? What about open source scientific and physics research? Once people grasp the mindset that sharing benefits all, this type of thinking will spread to other industries. Not immediately, but soon enough, you’ll see that the sharing of knowledge benefits humanity. Capitalism is based off the concept of making money. That is fine. It’s the people who push it to the extreme and hoard knowledge to make their $10 Billion+. How much do you need, seriously?

I’m seeing a future where people will move more towards the knowledge sharing mindset and the guy hoarding resources for gross amounts of personal gain will be shunned. Wait, that’s already happening. Many people who know both Windows and Linux (according to M$’s own survey) prefer Linux. Look at what is happening with the RIAA and the MPAA. People are fighting their iron-fisted tactics and winning.

At the same time, it seems like our society is getting more and more greedy. What is really happening is that the chasm between general benevolence and general selfishness is widening. People seem to be moving further to one end or the other of that continuum.

Whatever.

How much do you know about Linux? Would you like to know more? 🙂

3 Responses to “Education in the Philippines : Spreading the Freedom of Linux”

  1. Tuxero Says:

    I am proud User and promoter of Ubuntu linux.
    I installed it to my mother, step-father, two sisters, mother-in-law, and to my brother’s computers (he has a clinic).
    I know it’s the best solution.
    I cannot recommend anyone to use windows!
    Ubuntu offers us a very stable and nice solution, with everything needed for common operations.
    Cheers!

  2. David Hanes Says:

    I teach SUSE Linux at a community college and know exactly what you mean. In the beginning of the semester they growl and complain about having to use this “useless” operating system.
    About a month in I have finished showing them basic command line commands and they are still growling because knowing command line is “useless”. At that time I show them my stack of Powershell and dos books.
    About a month after that when I have showed them how to make a webserver in less the 10 min, set up a dhcp server that really works, and all the other basic useful things they are really starting to like it compared to Windows”
    By the time class is completed out of 25 on the average I have about 12 to 13 converts to Linux who use it at both school and home and are telling there friends and family how easy Linux is.
    Then at the end of the semester when I take them back to command line only it is no longer “useless” but much more useful and powerful the Windows. (Especially after I show them live distros like knoppix and helix.)

  3. enhu Says:

    just found this article. 😀
    I am from Philippines and I have just installed SUSE in my box.
    Say “Mabuhay SUSE!”

    I’m still unsure how to read this SUSE 😀 i’ve just knew that inkscape was included in the package. 😀

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