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Re: [Masterlibre-list] Report on the master programme

From: Eric Cousin
Subject: Re: [Masterlibre-list] Report on the master programme
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 15:08:01 +0200

At 11:18 28/05/2006, Jonas Oberg wrote:
Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona wrote:

> focused it on a postgraduate programme on libre software, based on the
> work of this MoLOS group. In fact, I guess we've just put in writting
> what we have been talking about several times.

That's the impression that I get too. It doesn't seem to contribute very
much to the state of the art, and seems to mostly iterate previous
knowledge, if in a more formal and defined way. As such, it lacks in
much the same way, ie. it provides a path for education only for IT
engineers. It would've been interesting to see your thoughts on Free
Software education for other fields, which I consider more important.

However, I'm sure we'll be able to return to that subject later on down
the road. It's something that Mathias and I from Göteborg University
will work on more in depth from this fall on, if things develop as we hope.

Jonas Öberg

Hi Jonas,

Many of us on this list probably agree that education on the Libre paradigm should not be reserved to IT engineers. But after all, it is rather natural that designing a Master on Libre and Open Source Software (as is the official goal of Molos) leads to an IT-oriented specialisation. But this doesn't prevent from going further.

As tolds in the abstract of the proposed report, the master is described as being the second generation of Libre software training [the first being proficiency in Libre software tools and technologies]. In my view, this well fits with the spreading of the Libre paradigm : first, only geeks were concerned, then came other computer scientists, then IT managers. Now that Libre software has become a real alternative for companies (whether for using it or creating it) , many other professional are concerned by the Libre paradigm : business, lawyers, ... The phenomenum will probably go further, as there is a real paradigm shift.

Therefore, I suggest - as you do - that Libre paradigm as such (i.e. not only focused on software) should/will be taught in non-IT cursus. I even think that it should be taught in undergraduate classes, if not before. We are working on that track (that, for instance, we discussed in our last Autour du Libre conference - We could say that this will be the third generation of Libre [software] training. I'd be glad to share on that with you and any other interested person.


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