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Press Release: FSF Europe welcomes the TUX&GNU@school column

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  FSF Europe welcomes the TUX&GNU@school <mailto:GNU@school> column

January, 7th 2003

  The Free Software Foundation (FSF) Europe officially welcomes Mario
  Fux' TUX&GNU@school <mailto:GNU@school> column whose future editions will be published
  under the umbrella of the FSF Europe.

  Each edition of the column contains a presentation of a Free educational
  software program, valuable tips to web sites that deal with Free Software
  and education, user testimonies as well as suggestions for new small
  programs for pupils and teachers. All editions will be published in
  German and English first.

  The FSF Europe provides infrastructure and an organizational framework,
  such as web space and mailing lists for lectors and translators. With
  this support, Mario Fux continues to write his column. The column is
  free documentation and the GNU Free Documentation License (GNU
  FDL) and will be developed in an open manner. In consequence, any
  interested person can work on the project as a lector or translator.

  TUX&GNU@school <mailto:GNU@school> is a logical step to extend the promotion of Free Software
  in the educational sector. Mario Fux emphasizes: "GNU/Linux and Free
  Software in schools have become at least as viable as proprietary
  software in the meantime" and continues: "I'm again and again surprised
  how big the choice of Free educational programs is", contradicting
  critics of Free Software who often claim a lack of applications for
  the GNU platform.

  Also the didactic and social aspects of the use of Free Software in
  schools are of special importance:
  "In the past, computer science education has concentrated too much
  teaching products instead of comprehension", says Georg C.F. Greve,
  President of the FSF Europe. Greve continues: "Free Software enables
  the interactive understanding of outer and inner workings of a computer
  and furthermore ensures an equality of chances for all pupils".

The FSF Europe thanks Mario Fux for his hitherto efforts and looks forward
  to his future editions, which are available at
  http://www.fsfeurope.org/education/tgs/ .

About the Free Software Foundation Europe

  The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) is a charitable
  non-governmental organization dedicated to all aspects of Free
  Software in Europe. Access to software determines who may participate
  in a digital society. Therefore the freedoms to use, copy, modify and
  redistribute software - as described in the Free Software definition -
  allow equal participation in the information age. Creating awareness
  for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and
  giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
  central issues of the FSF Europe, which was founded in 2001 as the
  European sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in the
  United States.



  FSF Europe:
  Georg C. F. Greve   <greve@fsfeurope.org <mailto:greve@fsfeurope.org>>
  phone: +49-40-23809080
  fax:   +49-40-23809081

  TUX&GNU@school <mailto:GNU@school> column:
  Mario Fux           <foxman@lugo.ch <mailto:foxman@lugo.ch>>

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