dancingwithreality writes: A petition to the Obama administration has emerged to request that the U.S. federal government encourage the use of GNU/Linux, LibreOffice, Gimp, GNU Cash and other GPL software. If this were to gain popularity and somehow trigger the movement of public school systems IT infrastructure to Free/Libre Open Source Software, then future studens would grow familiarity with these operating systems and productivity tools. Perhaps then wanting to continue their use in post-secondary schools and/or employment. This could be the event that brings GNU/Linux and other free/open source software to the mainstream. That is, assuming the petition gains any significant popularity and is acted on by the federal government.