Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 13:33 UTC, submitted by alcibiades
Linux "I'm an art professor, and last semester I embarked on an exciting new adventure by erasing Mac OS X from nearly all of the Macintoshes in our digital media lab and installing Ubuntu in its place. I began seriously planning this change last school year, when I realized how fully the current feature sets of free software programs could satisfy the technical needs of the students in my classes. I decided that the time had come to teach our undergraduate art students about free software programs such as the GIMP, Scribus, and Quanta Plus, instead of proprietary programs such as Photoshop, QuarkXpress, and Dreamweaver."
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MIT CS class
by youknowmewell on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 21:05 UTC
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So I suppose you people think MIT should switch from Scheme to Java as their language of choice for teaching purposes? I'm sure students that go there are scarred for life by not getting taught Java!

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RE: MIT CS class
by smoke on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 21:26 in reply to "MIT CS class"
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If you are responding to me I'm coming from and talking about going to a college that trains for the commercial art industry. If they taught only The GIMP at for example The Art Center Design College it actually wouldn't do the students as good a service as it might seem on the surface because when they get hired for a job and they are expected to use photoshop they are not well prepared for it.

I actually am not against The GIMP or other open source software as I use them all the time. But you can't discount learning what the jobs will actually use because your job will depend on it.

Learning the principles of a tool may take you some but not all the way into teaching you everything about the subject you still need photoshop experience for example in order to make the most out of photoshop not just gimp experience. I know this because I have a lot of GIMP experience but that doesn't easily transfer to the latest photoshop for example.

So I would like for them to teach programs like The GIMP and more power to them as far as that goes but don't throw away the choice etc. of being able to use programs like photoshop.

I know nothing about what MIT students might need so I can't make any comment on that.

Edited 2006-03-23 21:43

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