Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 26th Apr 2007 01:19 UTC, submitted by muszek
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu Open Week is a series of IRC meetings of people behind the distribution and the community. Mark Shuttleworth answered various questions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The interview covers many issues, including: GPL v3, proprietary software, Microsoft's $3 project, Launchpad, non-free stuff in Ubuntu, April 19th siege of ubuntu.com, Canonical vs. Ubuntu Foundation, becoming F/OSS contributor. Full logs are available on Ubuntu wiki. Ubuntu News has a digest with the most interesting pieces. Also, another interview with Mark is here and four interesting Ubuntu articles are here, here, here and here.
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3$ MS Plan
by abhaysahai on Thu 26th Apr 2007 03:52 UTC
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2005-10-20

I really liked his honest answer to 3$ Windows Offer.
A Free Linux distribution is a lot more than a basic restricted version of a Windows OS.
For starters, OpenOffice/Koffice will have PowerPoint equivalent Presentation software.

I believe students would like to explore things on their own and Linux presents them with that opportunity. They can customize their installed software.
Programming is an essential part of most computer science courses.
C++ servers as a good language to start with and Linux offers great IDE like Kdevelop and ofcourse the command line gcc/g++ tools.
Whereas Visual Studio still costs a bomb.

Lastly as Mark said, source code is a great place to learn, not just about one software, but also about good programming practices. Exposure to source code opens a whole new world.

I can understand that a normal Office going person in Bank or govt office might be content with a OS and normal word/excel, but for a student opensource is the home.

Lets not forget, Linus Torvalds used opensource Minix as the basic of his Masters thesis --- Linux.

Edited 2007-04-26 03:53

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