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Re: Special report: Linux in education

__/ [ Lobo ] on Tuesday 14 March 2006 05:06 \__

> http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20060313#2
> "Da Feng was the first school in Taipei County to switch their
> computer labs to Linux. The reasons were rather pragmatic - the
> teachers were growing tired of having to waste so much of their
> valuable time maintaining virus and mallware ridden Windows boxes.
> This, combined with their enthusiasm for open source software, gave
> them the idea to try and teach computer classes on Linux. After all,
> the tasks which the 9 - 12 year old children were to learn could
> easily be accomplished on any modern Linux distribution."
> ............
> "Microsoft has since reduced their licensing fees for primary schools
> to a symbolic sum of about US$3 per seat - that's for a software
> bundle consisting of Windows XP and Office XP! Unluckily for them, not
> even this huge concession was able to save the fate of Windows at Da
> Feng and four other schools!"

Eventually, Windows might be reduced to zero cost with hopes of Office
bringing some income. Forget about the 3-processes limit for second. Thus
far, the relatively low cost of Windows backed an Office requirement to some
extent, merely by stripping out features like a spellchecker (among others).
But, oh wait, there's Open Office (and others). It's incorporated into
merely any modern Linux distribution.

Best wishes,


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