The Anti-Computer Course

two problems solved ~ GNU/Linux Users

A. techno-distraction

Computers and gadgets increasingly dominate our life and times: machine enslavement and commodity data junk. Too easily we lose sight of the point of computers existing: human-owned telecommunications, for our own purposes. This course regrounds technology use, breaking dross data addiction.

Keep it real, keep it pure - "Keep It Simple, Stupid". Share, language - that is the point - the value is in the sharing, not in the toys. Communication is a skill with a will - claim these as your own, technically. Replacement email clients and web browsers are our start, towards more secure PC platforms.

Public and individual ownership of telecommunications channels and tools are the bedrock of modern innovation. Be active in retaining them, by developing your skillset, beyond corporate control, in everyone's interests! Help keep the Internet free and open to all as a cooperative learning medium.

Exert more control of your data supply process. Relief from the e-deluge exists, in Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) GNU/Linux® - absorb, experiment, liberate, your self! This course shows how to reduce PC maintenance time, grow productivity, and keep technology in perspective - for better quality of life, and work.

Know operating system quality - know GNU/Linux - with GLU.
B. technocracy

Understand and confront your main obstacle to learning and adopting FOSS: elite governance of telecommunications, through proprietary marks, brands, formats, mass media endorsement, trade habits and monopolies, much formal training, etc, but especially through the 'intellectually superior' and techno-blinded geek mafia. Take democratic hold of their status.

Locally, the obstacle manifests directly in the ruthlessly competitive ICT sector, and behind the 'Linux' and 'Open Source' brands. See through any intentional confusion of the point - free knowledge interchange - of public telecommunications. Advocates of exclusive software brands are primary enemies of learning: active about retaining their own status within the elite governance of telecommunications, and specialist - often closed - toolkits.

Maintaining telecommunications freedom is an active process. Both proprietary software dependents and anti-FOSS advocates are active in throwing up obfuscation: some experience is necessary, to start making headway. This course offers it, against all odds.

Some underminers of public technology assets and skills sit back on welfare benefits, rubbishing the Free Software business model - where computer software is legally distributed for free, but the requisite support services are charged for appropriately. But parasites get more detached as telecommunications liberation by means of FOSS prospers, through training in self-sufficiency. Again, know quality - by true and honest service.

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