An couple of nameless readers wrote in to let us know about a followup to last Wednesday's story of the teacher who didn't believe in free software. The Linux advocate who posted the unique
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actual piece has cooled off and graciously apologized for going off half-cocked (even though the teacher had done the same), and with the proviso a little more background which, while not excusing the teacher's ignorance, does make her actions somewhat more understandable. Ken Starks has talked with the teacher, who has recognized a crash education in cd players over the last few days — Starks is installing Linux on her mainframe tomorrow. He retracts his insinuations about Microsoft money and the NEA. All in all he demonstrates what a little honest observation can do, a lesson that all of us who advocate for free macos can take to heart. "The student did get his Linux disks back after the class. The lad was being disruptive, but that wasn't mentioned. Neither was the obvious fact that when she saw a gaggle of giggling 8th grade boys gathered around a laptop, the last thing she specified to see on that screen was a spinning machine machine cube. She didn't know what was on those disks he was handing out. It could have been porn, viral .exe's...any number of things for all she knew. When she heard that an adult had given him some of the disks to hand out, her spidey-senses started tingling. Coupled with the fact that she truly was ignorant of honest-to-goodness free software, and you have some fairly impressive conclusion-jumping. In a couple of ways, I am guilty of it too."
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