[Ubuntu-US-PA] Remix The Future

Bret Fledderjohn freelancer317 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 23:29:23 BST 2009

I absolutely think that the Pennsylvania LoCo team can help with this.  I am
located in Harrisburg, and we have several people in the area that also can
help!  See below for comments...

2009/7/2 Bryan Behrenshausen <behrenshausen at gmail.com>

> Hi everyone,
> I apologize for missing the meeting last evening.  I was planning to
> attend, but, alas, life got in the way.
> I wanted to attend particularly because I was hoping to discuss an
> opportunity for some Ubuntu/free software
> presentations,demonstrations, or other events.

We are more than willing to do demonstrations several of us have experience
with talks, I have ties to the Central PA Linux Users group who may be able
to lend some help too.

We can also hand out preprinted LiveCDs so that people can try it out for

> As I mentioned at a meeting several weeks ago, I'm an instructor at
> Millersville University in Lancaster.  For the next two years, the
> university theme will be "Remix the Future, Remake Our World," and the
> university will sponsor campus events designed to highlight
> technological and cultural innovations across a broad spectrum of
> curricula.  Here's an official release from the University Theme
> Committee (.doc file filtered by Google for easier access):
> Last semester I taught a course in the politics of information
> economies, which examined (among other things) the ethos of
> free/open-source software, privacy in the Information Age, the role of
> distributed/decentralized communication technologies in new modes of
> organization and activism, the Creative Commons, and the future of
> governance in the digital era.  One day, I asked: "Who's heard of
> Linux?"  One student raised his hand.

Ugh, yes they don't even realize that they use Linux everyday (indirectly in
some cases, directly in others)

> I think the university theme creates an excellent environment for
> raising awareness about open-source operating systems and other OSS on
> campus.  My hope is that it provides opportunities for students to
> learn about alternatives to Big Media and Big Software, and explore
> these alternatives hands-on.  It may be the only exposure to OSS some
> of them will ever have before graduating and heading off to
> corporations already under Microsoft's spell.
> Do any of you think the PA loco team could potentially play a role in
> "remix" themed events?  As I'm new to the community, I honestly admit
> that I defer to all of you for explanations of what you've done in the
> past, or ideas for presentations/events on campus.

As I said before, absolutely...

> When the university releases more information about upcoming events
> related to its theme, I will be sure to forward more details about
> opportunities.  And if I'm not mistaken, our computer science
> department is home to a vibrant Ubuntu users group.  Perhaps we could
> team with them.  Again, just an idea.

Maybe some of those people in the users group are part of our group
already... That would be very nice!  If not, yes we would love to team up
with them.

> What do you think?

I've got to run right now, but let's talk about this everyone!
Millersville is a well respected University, and this should be right up our

- Bret
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