Our mission is to promote the use of Open Source technology by elementary, middle, and high schools across the Commonwealth and beyond, and to lend support to the individuals and teams who are pioneering this effort.
Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) is a unique approach to software development. The human-readable source code is liberally licensed so it can be freely used, studied and modified by other programmers. The fourth freedom is being able to distribute the modified work while continuing to respect the freedoms of the license which was used. This has resulted in products that are developed and updated in response to the actual needs of users, and that provide specific solutions to problems that have not yet caught the attention of the commercial software sector.
FOSS encourages users to ask lots of questions, to find their own answers, and to work with others to develop new solutions to problems. It is therefore an excellent match for school environments that encourages open inquiry and collaboration.
MOSS SIG is a Special Interest Group within a larger organization called MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer-Using Educators. Our blog is administered by Algot Runeman with special thanks to Michael Selva who started the group and this blog.
MOSS SIG encourages comments at all times from members and all others. For extended interactions, MOSS SIG has a group email list.
Come join us there.