Being a very curious person and a teacher always in the pursue of innovative means to convey the message and to help my students develop their skills and evolve into better human beings has been the drive for my willingness to learn more and explore new ways of doing things.
Since a very early age, around my 12 years of age, when computers started to be a thing in Portugal, I had the luck of being given one by my grandfather. It opened the door for more exploration and new discoveries.
One area that I must confess I'm very fond of is social networking. Another one is communication. Well, social networking is a form of communication. I also like photography very much! And many other things... But, let's not allow this list to grow bigger...
So, my main use of the Internet revolves around communicating with others, whether it is through social networks or any tool that allows the communication with others and also sharing/viewing photography related sites.
I consider myself an advanced GNU/Linux user. Not because I can code or because I can do very advanced “operations” using the power of GNU/Linux operating systems, but because I've used many different GNU/Linux OSes over more than 20 years, I can install them and I can set them up according to my needs and I use them 100% of the time I'm on my computer. (I have Windows on a VM because, sometimes, I really have to use it.) And because I've been able to solve all my problems with computers by myself with the help of the great community of GNU/Linux enthusiasts that kindly share their knowledge with us. Thanks to them I've also been able to set up my small home network. I've even built some of the computers I've used through these years! And everything works fine! Not bad for a teacher of English, right?! I've always loved tinkering with machines...
Recently I got really tired of being forced to use Windows at my school because the GNU/Linux distribution that is installed on the computers is so outdated that it can't simply be used... And I also got very tired of having to open three, four or more different webpages and enter my credentials on each of them every hour! Besides being an absolutely tedious task, it is also very time consuming!
Moreover, there is also the problem of not being able to use my usual programmes, nor is it possible for me to solve some issues, because I'm not the system administrator and I was not given administrator rights.
So, after having talked about the problems that I commonly face at school when using the classroom computers, we came up with the idea of using a Live GNU/Linux distro.
I've just received this information regarding the Free Software Foundation High Priority Free Software Projects list.
“The High Priority Free Software Projects (HPP) initiative draws attention to areas of improvement to the HPP list and specific projects of great strategic importance to the goal of freedom for all computer users. Longtime committee member Benjamin Mako Hill said previously that an “updated High Priority Projects list is a description of the most important threats, and most critical opportunities, that free software faces in the modern computing landscape.” As computing is more ubiquitous than ever, the HPP list must reflect ongoing changes in priorities for the free software movement. The committee is starting the new process of updating the HPP, and we need your input.
We need your input! Send your suggested changes for the list to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 8, 2021.