"This weekend, I heard the six words every mother longs to hear
from her teenage daughter: I want to learn computer programming.
Well, maybe every mom doesn't look forward to hearing those words
like I have, and for that matter, I didn't actually hear those
words. Instead, my daughter conveyed her coding curiosity to me via
a message on my Facebook account.
My daughter doesn't remember ever running Windows on a home
computer. She's had Linux on her laptops. First, she ran Xubuntu on
her iBook when she was eight years old. Then she was my unwilling
beta tester for Ubuntu "Jaunty Jackalope" on her Acer Aspire One
and happily ran Ubuntu until recently. Now she's running Linux Mint
on her new (used) laptop.