[Fsf-friends] School students in action...

ck raju ck.thrissur at gmail.com
Sun Dec 13 07:32:39 IST 2009

"Kozhikode: An information technology project prepared by the students
of KPES High School, Kayakkodi, near Kutyadi in Kozhikode, aims at
popularising the use of the free software, Linux, in the panchayat
with the help of trained student volunteers of the IT Club at the

The school authorities said the project was already in the
implementation stage at the Kayakkodi panchayat. IT coordinator of the
school K.T. Kunhammad said 70 students had been trained by experts to
install the GNU/Linux operating system in the households in the

Initially, a survey was conducted in the panchayat with the assistance
of IT experts from different institutes, including the National
Institute of Technology (NIT-C), to study the current nature of system
usage. It was found that at least one member in 90 per cent of the
families in the panchayat was computer literate. According to Mr.
Kunhammad, the study found that 15 per cent of the households owned
PCs with 67 per cent of them using Microsoft’s Windows as the
operating system.

As many as 27 per cent of the households have Windows and Linux on
their computers. “Only 7 per cent had only Linux on their computers,”
he said.

Mr. Kunhammad said the people were not aware of the “moral” and
“legal” angles of using a “pirated” copy of Windows operating system
on their computers. The project will create awareness among the
students and the households.

The school have already conducted study classes and seminars to
sensitise people about the legal and moral dimensions of using a
pirated version of the Windows. ...."

Complete story at http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/13/stories/2009121352630300.htm

CK Raju

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