It teaches us, both old and young to Listen, Learn, Interact, Lead and to be Lead.
Speaking personally, I still remember being handed a Slackware Linux disc, when doing a software course years ago (1997). The lecturer encouraged me to install it at home, break it, play, learn. It gave me a love for computing, and a deep interest in this "GNU | Linux" thing.
Everyone has similar stories to tell. These tools are, by design, built to be non-restrictive in nature. Designed to allow anyone with enough passion, to dive right in and learn. The nature of these licenses, allow this kind of open learning to happen.
Now ask yourself, imagine where these students will be in the next decade in their skills -- with the right encouragement.
Now Imagine them working with you.
Are we doing enough, to ensure that? The same models are being experimented with, by a lot of nimble organisations looking to get an advantage. Looking to infuse a new sense of innovation? Look in directions like this. The open technologies have always been about more than just code.
What would be the one thing you would like to see done for your kid (or for yourself, whilst growing up)? I'm sure there are many more stories like this one, lets hear them.
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