Open Source Education Advocacy
Articles under category: Open Source Education Advocacy.
Using FOSS will not make students less competitive in a job market where it seems employers prefer those who know how to use proprietary software, but you can have a middle ground wherein you can use FOSS in computer literacy classes and the students can still claim they know how to use some of these commercial software programs.
Freewares are software programs that are obtained for free or $0 but do not come with source code. The restriction of the licenses may vary from ones similar to FOSS up to ones very similar to proprietary software programs.
Use FOSS and have a peace of mind as your school becomes free from disruptive BSA raids and other technology-related legal problems.
There will be several benefits for schools to start adopting free and open-source software programs in their computer laboratories and in their curriculum. They cost less, they are more secured, and software raids of law enforcers and lawsuits are unlikely to come to your school gates.
The term “free and open source software (FOSS)”, referring to free software with source code available, actually originated from two movements with similar but divergent ideology. The rest of the details are in this article.