Initial Announcement of OFSET

Posted 16 Jun 2000 at 04:30 UTC by vicious Share This

Free software in education is highly important. This is why several members of the free software community have established OFSET, Organization for Free Software in Education and Teaching. This organization will try to raise funds for development of free educational software, promote development of free educational software and coordinate the development of specific projects.

Free software in education is highly important. This is why several members of the free software community have established OFSET, Organization for Free Software in Education and Teaching. This organization will try to raise funds for development of free educational software, promote development of free educational software and coordinate the development of specific projects.

OFSET is committed to the idea of free software as defined by the Free Software Foundation. This is why we have chosen to promote the GNU General Public License, the GPL, as the license that free educational software should use.

Please read the OFSET manifesto at: http://www.ofset.org/information/legal/manifesto.html

References:

http://www.ofset.org, The OFSET Homepage
http://www.fsf.org, The Free Software Foundation Homepage


Awesome, posted 16 Jun 2000 at 04:58 UTC by garrison » (Journeyer)

We can save money, promote freedom, and give schools better operating systems. I just wish my school would do something like this. It sounds like a good organization to become a part of.

Great project, posted 16 Jun 2000 at 05:58 UTC by Radagast » (Journeyer)

The educational sector is beset on all sides, on one by the near-monopoly Apple at least had in this area, and on the other by a steady onslaught of crappy shareware (schools actually buy shareware, I've been on the provider end of that myself, long ago). So I'm extremely happy to see that someone is organizing to bail the poor suckers out through free software. It's interesting, because schools are the ones that might benefit the most from an open and free solution, but they're also some of the slowest adopters (except where there are Linux enthusiasts that admin the network or whatever). So, excellent work.

One thing, though. Please get someone who's a native English speaker or some semblance thereof to go through the text on the website. I don't think educators are going to be that turned on by the copy on the site as it stands.

English and the OFSET site, posted 16 Jun 2000 at 06:16 UTC by vicious » (Master)

Well, none of us are native english speakers. That said I have been kind of lazy about fixing the errors that I see.

SEUL - EDU, posted 16 Jun 2000 at 15:58 UTC by mortis » (Journeyer)

There are other groups out there promoting Educational use of Open Source software and solutions. Check out the Seul/Edu section of Seul [Simple End User Linux]. I've been involved with this group, and they're fairly active -- they also know of and interact with other groups with similar goals. They might be a good source of information.

SEUL-EDU, posted 17 Jun 2000 at 05:22 UTC by hilaire » (Master)

We know about SEUL/EDU but we think Seul/Edu policy concerning free software-software has serious problem as they may also promote proprietary software for GNU/Linux.
I suggest to anyonde to read their manifesto.
http://www.seul.org/what/manifesto.html

Hilaire Fernandes

SEUL-EDU, posted 19 Jun 2000 at 13:26 UTC by mortis » (Journeyer)

I wasn't aware of their acceptance of non-free software. Well, since you're aware of them, at least you can draw off of their list of already free projects...and off of the groups they link to. Could collaboration still be a possibility? Pooling of resources?

Just to get them all in one place, posted 19 Jun 2000 at 17:33 UTC by cmacd » (Journeyer)

There is also a project called Open Classroom

Perhaps this article may be a good place to list all such projects, and see how they are simallar, and what differences that they have. Promotion of Open and/or Free software in education is in general a good thing, and folks who have learned about computing with open or free software are unlikely to settle for anything less.

(I am of the opinion that we OS/Free geeks as a group should not split our efforts to this goal, just becasue some software in more or less free(libre) than other software. The benefits for education of having freely distributable/modifiable source code are great, and the aditional advantages of code that cannot become non-free should become clear to users who have been exposed to both types.)

New Advogato Features

New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.

Keep up with the latest Advogato features by reading the Advogato status blog.

If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!

X
Share this page