By technology standards, I'm an old man. I remember when 3.5" floppies
became common ("Wow! 1.44MB! These little things hold so much data!").
My childhood hero was Matthew Broderick war-dialing local numbers with his
300-baud modem. I dreamed of, one day, owning a 386 with more than 640k of
RAM. At the pace that computing moves forward, I'm practically a fossil.
So, if you were to ask me, "What is the best way to encourage kids, today,
to get into open source?" Well, I honestly haven't a clue.