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Free Software, Open Data give more opportunities to young Kosovars

Dec 28, 2009, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to Marco Fioretti for this link. ]

"Free Software, a great opportunity for young people

"A few weeks after SFK09 I asked Mike what promoting FLOSS in Kosova is like and what had got him to start this adventure. He answered: "My motivation for doing this was that discussion about Open Source was completely missing in Kosova. Now I think that we have made some progress. The one thing that makes me happy is that we have reached the young people. I offered a free Linux course. Many came, but only a few finished the course. Those in FLOSSK now are the ones who had the most interest in learning."

"For the record, I was really impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the FLOSSK people. Teenagers as young as 15 years old who already speak English quite well and are so interested in FLOSS to work so hard as they did to make SFK09 work well aren't common at all!

"Mike also had to fight an obstacle that many Free Software advocates seem to ignore: "Everything you need to learn Linux is online. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection and... the will to learn how to learn online!" Unfortunately, for most students "all software was just free as in "gratis" anyway, so for them the effort of learning Linux was just a (major) added cost". (Marco's note: this is the same attitude of many students all over Europe and North America, isn't it?)"

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