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
abhaysahai
Member since:
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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RE: 3$ MS Plan
by Chicken Blood on Thu 26th Apr 2007 04:46 in reply to "3$ MS Plan"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

Visual Studio Express is free.

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RE[2]: 3$ MS Plan
by ebasconp on Thu 26th Apr 2007 05:04 in reply to "RE: 3$ MS Plan"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

But I dunno if Visual Studio express can run on XP Starter with the long list of constraints it comes!

If the machine has no Internet connectivity... where do I suppose that I am going to download the VisualStudioExpress? in a Windows XP full machine? in a Linux box?

Edited 2007-04-26 05:07

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RE[2]: 3$ MS Plan
by systyrant on Thu 26th Apr 2007 14:52 in reply to "RE: 3$ MS Plan"
systyrant Member since:
2007-01-18

So is SharpDevelop (http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/). It's not a bad little IDE (doesn't work on Linux, but then neither does VisualStudio).

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RE: 3$ MS Plan
by systyrant on Thu 26th Apr 2007 15:00 in reply to "3$ MS Plan"
systyrant Member since:
2007-01-18

Let me say that I disagree with you that C++ is a good starter language, but I will concede that somebody going after a degree in CS will have to learn it. However, if a degree in CS is what you are going after then Linux or BSD would be the best place to learn. Basically for all the reason you've stated. Many IDE's, available source code to reference, and a wealth support from the community.

Linux and BSD are also good places to start or get into if you have any interest in computer technology regardless whether or not you are seeking a degree.

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