Enterprise Linux Log

Apr 30 2008   9:08AM GMT

Open source events are popping up in Beantown

Don Rosenburg Profile: Dkr

It must be the warmer weather. Ubuntu happenings are springing up everywhere in Boston. Just five days after Boston fans gathered at an upscale downtown nightspot to celebrate the release of Hardy Heron, Ubuntu’s latest operating system, a local school technologist kicked off a new organization to promote open source software in education.

Michael Selva, who works at Saint Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School in Watertown, Mass., attracted some 25 teachers and technologists to the kickoff event for a new group called Moving to Open Source Software in Schools, or MOSSIG, drawing attendees from many nearby communities and as far away as New Hampshire and Maine.

An offshoot of Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE), the new group aims to wean educators from proprietary software. In November 2006, Selva himself became an advocate of open source after finding Saint Stephens’ computer hardware and software out of date and too expensive to replace. Converting a Dell server and 11 workstations to Kubuntu, a version of Ubuntu, and obtaining open source software for work and education proved just the ticket, he said.

Selva plans to follow up with working meetings on the first Tuesday of every month during the school year, starting at 7 p.m. May 6, at the school. He also plans an adult education program in open source for teachers and a hotline at mossig@googlegroups.com. He can be reached at (617) 605-7429 or atms@saes.org.

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  • Algot Runeman
    Thanks for the mention of MOSSSIG. For the record, the group also has a blog Web site at: http://mosssig.wordpress.com and Michael Selva's email is ms@saes.org. Your article had a minor typo which unfortunately ran the email address together with the preceding word 'at.' MassCUE has been around for a while, we have just celebrated our 25th anniversary. MassCUE has always been about sharing between educators. Free and Open Source software has been a part of our effort for a long time. --Algot
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