Skip to comments.AISD Teacher Throws Fit Over Student's Linux CD
Posted on 12/10/2008 5:23:13 PM PST by ari-freedom
In an age where Windows and OS X reign supreme, it's no wonder that a local AISD middle school teacher became enraged after discovering one of her students distributing what she believed to be bootlegged copies of an operating system in class.
While teacher "Karen" was clearly operating under the assumption that she'd scored a minor victory for the Microsofts and other downtrodden software giants of the world, the particular operating system that she ended up disciplining her student for was a freely distributable version of Linux.
To wit, the following is part of an email that the teacher sent to the person who originally provided said Linux to the student
(Excerpt) Read more at austinist.com ...
“They make money selling support!”
I’m not just talking about those companies. There are a lot of companies, like google or tivo, that use linux to add value to their products.
Foxit’s yellow highlighter feature is top notch, it makes reading long .PDF’s managable.
I like Open Office, but my needs are small, are you using it for a Enterprise or ?
To this day...wordperfect...I’d better stop now...
[its great for students. Let them have the opportunity to use a system that they can understand.]
It’s also great for engineers and small business people like myself who actually need to keep machines running non-stop. My Fedora web server has run without a hitch for four years. Constant automatic patch reboots on my XP and Vista machines are a disaster in wasted energy and lost productivity - I put them on manual which also requires down time.
But heck, what’s a few productivity issues to smart people?
That's what initially made me switch - the markup tools.
I like Open Office, but my needs are small, are you using it for a Enterprise or ?
I disagree, I.Q scores mean little if the possessor of the high I.Q score lacks Diligence, or Drive, or Creativity or Focus.
And each profession, or indeed, no profession to speak of, requires different skill sets, a Lawyer for example does not have the skills to be a mechanical engineer, or vice versa.
And I did not notice Clergy listed in your bar chart?
Pretty funny, and sad at the same time.
I guess me and my laptop ain't posting tonight using Linux Mint that grabbed my linksys wireless router immediately.
Well now, as soon as I download the .ISO, and then find and use a .ISO recorder to then burn a CD...
It’s hit or miss with wireless depending on what your card is and what OS you’re using. I’ve tried mulitple Linuxes because I like to play with different ones. On some, my card was seen and configured during install. On others, the card wasn’t picked up during install, but could be configured after. On some, my card wouldn’t work at all.
What the heck is that suppose to mean?
They weren’t the sharpest bricks in college, either, from my experience.
(mixed metaphor intended)
IQ does not equal common sense!!!
While I have been trying to bring myself to use Open Office, I find it not only "clunky", but also really horrid at formatting text.. some fonts won't display as themselves in Open Office... I have yet to find a fix for this. Just about a deal-breaker.
True, true, and true. Got a Dell with Intel wireless.
Oh please. I'm running an IBM T30 with an old Linksys WPC54G card in it, under openSuSE 11.0. Granted, previous versions of SuSE required me to use NDSWRAPPER, but that worked fine. The latest version (kernel really) has support for the Broadcom chip that powers the Linksys WPC54G. It took a while because Broadcom wouldn't release the info required, but they managed to reverse engineer what they needed and now Ndswrapper is no longer required. Kwifimanager has been updated and supports multiple WAP's and encryption.
The only advantage my IQ ever gave me was I usually scored higher on tests and grasped new concepts quickly. I could take something apart and figure out how it worked very quickly and fix things because I understood the principles it operated by. IQ really has very little to do with success.
As far as the teacher in this story goes, I thought the story was humorous until she threatened the student with legal prosecution. I think I would go after this dumbo with both barrels for the threat. Find out how much liability insurance she has and double it, then sue.
Sweet! Laptop, you said? I’ll have to splurge one of these days.
I’ve got a mutt computer. I buy parts and put them together. Never had a hardware problem. The wireless is an Atheros chipset card. Quite a few Linuxes don’t like it without special tweaking. Just part of the fun. If it gets me out from MS’ boot, then I’ll pay the price and actually learn how things work.
OpenOffice is just brillant. If I ever end up with a computer without MS Office, it’s OpenOffice for me.
As far as your college experience, I started work with a network terminal. Luckily I only had it a few weeks before the guy one up from me in seniority burned out, and I got his desk and OS/2 equiped computer.
My ex BIL screws up his parent’s computer every time he visits by downloading all kinds of crap loaded with spyware and trojan viruses. My son is the family IT doctor and grew tired of fixing the same problems over and over again so he installed Linux on the machine. The goober ex BIL hasn’t been able to screw it up since.
You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ? That sounds preposterous to me. If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not happening, so there must be some error in your calculations. I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this. Microsoft just spent $9 billion and many years to create Vista, so it does not sound reasonable that some new alternative could just snap into existence overnight like that. It would take billions of dollars and a massive effort to achieve. IBM tried, and spent a huge amount of money developing OS/2 but could never keep up with Windows. Apple tried to create their own system for years, but finally gave up recently and moved to Intel and Microsoft. Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible. I think you need to re-examine your assumptions.
I laughed my arse off.
Well, gee, Unix has been around since 1969 and Linux since about ‘92 or so. Where do they get this “overnight” business? I guess it must seem like magic if the poster is technologically ignorant.
Yeah, some of those posts are just too funny.
Now that you mention it, I’m kinda having a hard time figuring out whether that post was sarcasm or not.
I think that failing to put /sarc tags on those things should be a misdemeanor. lol
Actually, it is not my bar chart, at all. My sister is the psychiatrist in the family. Giving IQ tests is more in her line.
I’m an ecologist/educator. I do tend to work with the gifted and profoundly gifted, though.
You are totally on point when you listed other factors. All of them amount to the desire to actualize the potential that high IQ bestows.
However, minus the IQ, certain areas of human activity are simply not open to success, regardless of desire to achieve.
funny story - linux ping
“However, minus the IQ, certain areas of human activity are simply not open to success, regardless of desire to achieve”
On that we can agree, stare at a higher mathematical problem all one would like, that won’t change a lack of fundamental understanding of how math works in solving it.
As for the mximizing discussion a hat tip to Einstein’s dictum:
“90% of life is showing up”
Indeed, life is ruled by those who simply show up.
Nope. Since Vista, MS FINALLY made WINPE available to the masses for free, if you know how to find it. A marvelous Live Windows platform.
There have been free after-market solutions for years though. I was running a home grown network aware ntfs read/write capable Mini98 bootable from CD to fix Win2k with. It ran out of a 32mg ramdrive and it's programs were unzipped to the ramdrive when needed, then deleted when done. Pretty slick, if I do say so myself.
Then came BartPE, the first to really mimic the WINPE (Windows Pre-Installation Environment), to be offered as a rescue platform, and has been the industry standard for years in the "free" offerings.
Right now I use a modified LiveXP from the Winbuilder family, which has terrific nic card support, great USB mass storage support, and I have got my one trusty USB wireless nic to work with it for those cases where the native nic does not work. Very good application support (lots of available apps) through the Winbuilder method, very good scripting support in the build process using AutoIt! for modularization/customizaton.
While I too have a Knoppix disk in my arsenal, and while my history here will show I am no Windows hornblower, to say that WinLive disks are not represented is just not so, and if you are not using them, you are really missing out.
Q - Who starts college with the lowest SAT scores but graduates with the highest GPA? (Yup, Ed majors)
My local (sorta) college had a Masters program (Voc Ed, at one time a legit branch) - had a course listed as
Better Communications - Bulletin boards in the classroom - 3 semester hours. MASTERS program...
And no Vista?
I would have to suspect bias in the sample. Don't get me wrong, I use an iMac myself but . . .
25 years in health care has taught me that pure intelligence is not synonymous with ‘smart’. I have known, worked with and been associated with hundreds of doctors. All were brilliant, few had the sense to get in out of the rain, change the oil in the their car or manage the business aspects of their practices. Their private lives were disasters too.
See my post #91
I’m at 92+ percentile.
This person would really not like ReactOS
This happened in Austin. That whacko radio guy Alex Jones lives in and broadcasts from Austin. I guess I’ll have to listen to his radio show and hear him kook out over this and blame the Bilderbergers for the anti-Linux agenda. :-)