A huge thanks to all the LearnScope people for the opportunity to talk about what I love and show the practical benefits of FOSS. It was great to see Alexander Hayes, Robyn Jay, Sean Fitzgerald, Jo Kay, Stephan Ridgeway and the people I’ve listened to in LearnScope podcasts. It was nice to meet the other people that turned up as well and thanks everyone that came, they were all very nice and open to free culture. I don’t know about adult education but in secondary public education copyright is the highest cost apart from wages.
I was flown to Sydney and back to work for the day, in the morning I worked with Alex and Robyn customising the Wiki then we had a group discussion, you can see the details here.
Maybe it would have been better to focus on Mediawiki, Collaboration and Copyright but my talk was about the history of FOSS and then gave examples of FOSS, FOSS on the web and free knowledge communities. You can see the presentation here and imagine the story I told. Thanks to my brothers advice I went with just using images as my strategy to talk naturally. I think I could do much better if I had another chance. After listening to Sean Fitzgerald talk about FOSS I would give myself 4 out of 10 for speaking skill. Sean and Jo had been to Linux.conf.au and touched the Children’s Machine , that went down really well when it came to talking about it. Using the Mars Rover as the first example of FOSS was also very nice.
Read Jo Kays post “Three Cheers for FOSS and Wireless Blogging“, she took a photo of me during the talk :), I need to get an Open Source Entrepreneur power jacket. lol.