[Linux-aus] Programs for education

Tennessee Leeuwenburg tleeuwenburg at gmail.com
Fri Nov 1 18:43:27 EST 2013

Hi Jackson,

Sounds interesting. My entry into computing was through Bulletin Board
Services, a p2p system based on accoustic modems making direct-to-server
phone calls. People would run their own nodes at home, and ISPs were not a
thing yet. It took me a long time to find linux, but my dad was into
computing and so we had equipment at home to connect with.

I guess these days access to a computing community is much easier than it
used to be.

What's more interesting to you -- applications programming, or just
building systems that do interesting things?


On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM, Jackson Doak <noskcaj at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> I had had an interest in computers for some time, so i had been reading
> computer magazines for a few years, that's where i learnt about ubuntu ( i
> also tried mint, but didn't like it).
> When i got to year 7, i was put into the selective class at my school,
> which meant we had to do an applied research project on a topic of our
> choice, so i made a computer for $600 (all my money at the point). My dad
> hates computers, so he said i couldn't get money help from my family, but
> he did know about the computer recycler i mentioned earlier, so i went
> there. I volunteered for 2 years until new volunteering laws prevented
> anyone from being insured while someone under 18  was there.
> On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM, Mike Carden <mike.carden at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 7:12 AM, Greg Cockburn <gergnz at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> My interest lies in how to get my sons interested in the *right* side of
>>> the computer.
>> My 10yo son rather likes the Raspberry Pi. To teach him about the
>> filesystem, the command line, pipes etc I installed cowsay and figlet. A
>> few demos of the various cowsay animals piped to figlet and... well, he's
>> off exploring the machine and having a ball. Then he can't wait to show his
>> friends what can be done with a non-Windows machine.
>> --
>> MC
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Tennessee Leeuwenburg
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