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LCA 2010: Guiding little ones down the FOSS path

Dec 23, 2009, 04:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"He's probably New Zealand's best-known FOSS figure today but modestly attributes his achievements to seizing opportunities that came his way and, occasionally, creating one or two of his own.

"Next month, Torkington will be one of the four keynote speakers at the Australian national Linux conference in Wellington, the local element in a line-up that otherwise draws on the US of A in toto. Born in Auckland, he spent some of his early years, from two to four, in outback Australia, so there's a bit of the Aussie in him somewhere too.

"The idea of teaching children programming arose out of a desire to impart knowledge to his own brood. "I wanted my kids' school to teach programming. I figure it's now a basic skill for 'knowledge workers', like changing a tyre is for commuters," he told iTWire in an interview."

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