Teacher Confiscates Linux Discs, Chides Charitable Computer Group, "No Software Is Free"

Recently a Texas teacher confiscated Linux OS discs that a kid was passing out in class. She then sent a nasty email to the nonprofit that built and donated the Linux-loaded computer…

“No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful,” Karen wrote in the email that HeliOS, which builds and donates computers for poor kids, posted to their blog. “I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows.”

Linux is a free and open-source operating system, it’s meant to be passed around without cost. This concept makes people’s heads explode, and then they go on to teach our kids.

The blogger posted her letter along with his heated rebuttal, and forwarded the link back to Karen. She ended up calling him, they talked it over, and both agreed they overreacted and have made nice. The kid also got his Linux discs back after class.

Linux – Stop holding our kids back [Blog of Helios]
Character-Assassinations-Ain’t-Us [Blog of Helios] (Thanks to Casey!)

(Photo: wili_hybrid)