Linux in Higher Education: Open Source, Open Minds, Social Justice
Mail copies of this article to deans, department chairs and everyone involved in your campuses' academic computing system
If you know of open-source software that could prove useful to scientists, share it. The Open Science Project (http://www.openscience.org) is a clearinghouse for open-source software in a variety of scientific and scholarly disciplines, ranging from acoustics and anthropology to physics and zoology. Also see Scientific Applications on Linux (http://sal.kachinatech.com/index.shtml).
Support the push to distribute Linux on college and university campuses. Students at the University of Michigan gave away 2000 copies of StarOffice and Red Hat 6.1. If you're a student, organize a local Linux User's Group (LUG) and do the same on your campus.
Work to transform your college or university into a Microsoft-free environment. Tell fellow students, colleagues and administrators why the actions of Microsoft in the marketplace are incommensurate with the ideals and values of higher education, scientific progress, and social justice on a global scale.
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