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05 April 2010

Please do not teach Indian child about Microsoft Windows

Today I visited my sister's house where I found her son reading his standard 4 text books on Computer Tools (Published by http://www.kips.in ). It is totally based on Microsoft Windows tools. Basically my town has more then 20 schools and every school may follow any text book. I think there is not restriction on choosing any computer textbook. There is not such syllabus defined anywhere. This is a biggest hurdle. Student in my town do no have money to buy computer and how you can teach them Microsoft Products. A child need to learn some few basic tools like Firefox and Open Office. these text books have to be rewritten to include FOSS. I have purchased few such books and will start porting on Ubuntu/SchoolOS. Also there is excellent work going on at http://www.computermasti.com but these textbooks are under CC-By-NC-SA, the NC clause resist other to print without permission. We will use CC-By-SA to license such text books.

Thanks.

PS: We teach our child not to thieve. How can we give education with Pirated Softwares

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