[svlug] Fwd: [FM Discuss] FLOSSify 1 : Digital Foundations

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 12:34:43 PST 2009


More free (GPLed) documentation for Free Software. What would you like
documented?


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From: adam hyde <adam at flossmanuals.net>
Date: Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 7:27 AM
Subject: [FM Discuss] FLOSSify 1 : Digital Foundations
To: floss <discuss at lists.flossmanuals.net>


So here it is...FLOSSify #1....the following is PR to be sent on to
anyone...please fwd!

FLOSSIFY 1 : Digital Foundations
For a long time educational courses have been cheap marketing
for proprietary software companies. Can a student really afford all
those expensive softwares required by the courses? No. Ever hear of a
software company kicking up a fuss because students are using
'unofficial' versions?  Well, it does happen but not often. And why not?
Because proprietary software companies know, as the universities know,
that once the students leave their training they will be indoctrinated
with those tools and simply slipstream into being paid up proprietary
software citizens. Simply put, unlicensed software used in education is
tolerated because it is cheap marketing.

This is how tools become 'industry standards'.

FLOSS Manuals is fighting this flow by converting textbooks that
use proprietary software to using free software in their examples.

We call this process "FLOSSify". We convert the book from
closed software to Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) hence we
'FLOSSify' the book.

Our first text book is the wonderful Digital Foundations book produced
by Michael Mandiberg and Xtine Burrough
(http://digital-foundations.net/). Its a text book designed to teach
software by teaching design. The current toolset it uses is the Adobe
Creative Suite and we will convert these examples entirely to using free
software.

Not only have the authors given the kind permission to go ahead with
this, they originated the idea and approached FLOSS Manuals to be
involved. We are very happy to get behind this initiative and work with
the authors to create a fantastic text book promoting the use of Free
and Open Source Software within design courses.

FLOSSIFY 1 : Digital Foundations will focus on a fun 3 day event at
Eyebeam, NYC. Anyone is welcome to attend and some food and beer will be
provided. Come and meet some of your old geek friends, make some new,
and help make a step towards unshackling education from proprietary
software.

FLOSSIFY 1 : Digital Foundations
Eyebeam, New York City
Feb 6-8
starts 10ish
finishes when we are done
fast connection, a table, some chairs, and beer and food provided
contact adam at flossmanuals.net for more info


venue:
http://eyebeam.org/
540 W. 21st Street, (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Tel. 212.937.6580 Fax: 212.937.6582




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Adam Hyde
Founder FLOSS Manuals
http://www.flossmanuals.net

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