Thanks to Kim Cofino I learned of Green School in Bali, Indonesia. Kim linked to their enlightening slideshow describing alternative sources of energy, the use of bamboo and volcanic rock to build essential structures, their organic permaculture system, the extraction of methane from cow manure for fuel, and other fascinating endeavors.
As an IT teacher and free software in education advocate, I was curious to know what kind of software systems they use and sent an email of inquiry. The pessimist in me assumed they would not have considered (or known) to connect their choice of software to their mission and philosophy. I was fully prepared to suggest a GNU/Linux alternative to their Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS so imagine the smile on my face when I received the following reply:
Thank you for your email. At Green School we do advocate free and open-source software. Students use Ubuntu/Edubuntu 8.10 for their computer OS. They are being introduced to HTML and CSS for web programming using simple text editor. We are also using Alice Programming language of Carnegie Mellon as an introductory course to the basic of computer programming.
Yongki C. Andyka Jong
IT and Technology
What haven’t they thought of?
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