Thanks for all the ideas guys!
I think the approach I'll take is show how simple it is to get all the free
software, I reckon showing the Ubuntu Software Center would be better than
apt-get. Going to highlight Google, Android, Wikipedia and some other big
I think what Michele said is pretty much a good point, show them cool stuff.
The main theme though is going to be freedom, choice of OS, no worrying
about licenses, free software, no viruses or spyware.
I don't want to come across preachy, I want them to come away realizing how
much easier using FOSS makes things.
Oh, and big shout out to DERI who are organising the event.
On 18 March 2010 12:36, Michael Kennedy <Info at kennedysoftware.ie> wrote:
>>> In a few days, I'll be giving a presentation to some secondary school
>> to promote Open Source software.
>>>> I've a fair idea what I'm going to talk about, but was wondering if you,
>> wonderful ILUG community, had any tips on how I should approach it?
>>>> I know that for the most part, kids aren't too bothered if their software
>> free as in speech, so I won't be highlighting that part of the argument.
>>>> What'ya reckon? Lots of flashy eye candy? Free as in beer?
>>>> That's a very tough one!
>> The "Open Source" aspect would appeal only to those "geeks" who are
> familiar with programming, but probably worth mentioning anyway. The "Free"
> bit might appeal to a few others.
>> Apart from eye-candy issues, and suitable apps, etc, as covered by others
> in the thread already, I think you might get a few "WOWs" if you mention the
> power and popularity of some of the well-known FOSS apps and orgs - Linux,
> Google, Android, Wikipedia, OpenOffice, Red Hat, Server farms, Web Hosters,
> etc, etc...
>> If you have a little time to spare, I have about 15 links (but,
> unfortunately, no other details) to "Open Source in Schools" at
>http://www.kennedysoftware.ie/opensrc.htm. A quick "gander" through them
> might be worthwhile.
>> Good Luck!
> - Mike.
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