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Learning Technology: Exploring Privacy and Open-Source Technology

January 9, 2024 | by josh


In the pursuit of growth and knowledge, educational institutions like Devine ISD and Divine Christian Academy are embracing the drive towards technology and incorporating it into their curriculum. As we delve into the world of technology, one area of focus that has emerged is privacy and open-source technology. While some may believe that Linux has no impact on general learning or that it is immediately intuitive for those with technological knowledge, our experiences with NGINX, Docker, and Ubuntu have proven otherwise. A lot of this software was developed for Windows. When you leave that ecosystem, your software doesn’t work the same, and you end up with novel errors. 

This week/year’s journey began with the task of removing Podman to make way for Docker. After encountering several challenges, we finally discovered how to force a file to overwrite, successfully removing Podman from our system. This process taught us valuable lessons about the intricacies of managing different technologies on a single system. It also highlighted the importance of understanding the underlying mechanisms of these tools in order to navigate potential conflicts.

Another valuable lesson we learned was related to the Docker CLI. We discovered that when logging in, it is necessary to specify “,” a detail often overlooked in online courses and the Docker documentation. Without this crucial information, we found ourselves unable to log in to Docker Hub. However, through perseverance and experimentation over the course of more than half a day, we were able to overcome this obstacle and continue our exploration of Docker.

Our commitment to learning and growth in the realm of technology extends beyond these initial challenges. We are now diving deeper into the Docker ecosystem, eager to uncover its full potential. Our goal is to develop a Golden Image—a privacy-focused, plug-and-play server solution—by March. This Golden Image will serve as a valuable resource for anyone interested in harnessing the power of open-source technology while prioritizing privacy with anything as cheap as a recycled Goodwill PC.

As we embark on this educational journey in the new year, we encourage others to join us in exploring the vast possibilities that technology offers. By embracing open-source solutions and focusing on privacy, we can create a more secure and transparent digital landscape. Through our experiences with NGINX, Docker, and Ubuntu, we have come to understand the importance of continuous learning and adaptation in the ever-evolving world of technology.

As we strive for growth and knowledge in 2024, our focus on technology education has led us to explore privacy and open-source technology. Our experiences with NGINX, Docker, and Ubuntu have provided valuable insights and lessons. We have learned the significance of understanding the intricacies of different technologies and the importance of clear documentation. Moving forward, we are excited to continue our journey into the world of Docker and develop a Golden Image that promotes privacy and ease of use. Here’s to a great and educational year ahead!