SOFTWARE FOR KIDS: A new site focussing on what is freely available
(free-beer, free-speech) for helping children learn. Specially the
young ones, with a focus on India and South-Asia. Current links
* Yobler.com … educational videos
* The Digital Study Hall (DSH)
* ET? What's that? (An Aug 2008 conf in Bangalore)
* Educational power points…. http://pppst.com/ Pete's Power Point Station.
* Educational resources… from azimpremjifoundation.org
* Taking sharing to the classroom (downloadable FLOSS report)
* The 4000-rupee computer shows up in Goa
* Why Free Software makes sense in education
* Computer education for rural kids riddled with obstacles
FN * Independent Journalist http://fn.goa-india.org
784 Nr Convent, Saligao 403511 Goa India
Ph +91-832-2409490 M: +91-9970157402
" I've been studying software projects for a while now. Not the
programming, but the people -- the way they interact with each other
through collaboration and communication. My investigations have always
been visual: I've built applications that create pictures of what is
happening within software projects. But they have always had a rigid
structure to them. Organic information visualization, coined by Ben
Fry, is a different approach to information visualization. It eschews
traditional data confinement in space and lets the elements play
together in freeform and unpredictable ways.
This visualization, called code_swarm, shows the history of commits in
a software project. A commit happens when a developer makes changes to
the code or documents and transfers them into the central project
repository. Both developers and files are represented as moving
elements. When a developer commits a file, it lights up and flies
towards that developer. Files are colored according to their purpose,
such as whether they are source code or a document. If files or
developers have not been active for a while, they will fade away. A
histogram at the bottom keeps a reminder of what has come before."
Pls see and enjoy the action movie at
I recommend it for Free Software Oscar Lifetime Achievement Award.
For a decade, Microsoft was open source's worst enemy, combating it at
every turn. But last week Microsoft joined the Apache open source
project as a platinum sponsor, promising to put $100,000 per year into
a project that beats its own IIS (Internet Information Services) in
the market. Microsoft also made some of their patents available for
use in GPL software like Linux without a royalty.
Has Redmond given up the fight? Or is this just their latest strategy?
Read full story at
<GPLv2> I know my rights; I want my phone call!
<DRM> What use is a phone call, if you are unable to speak?
(as seen on /.)
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