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[News] More Schools Depart from Microsoft Software

  • Subject: [News] More Schools Depart from Microsoft Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 01:51:19 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Something new under the Sun

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| But all that could now change. According to a computer teacher in a Tel Aviv 
| high school, "even though the software world offers a multitude of 
| alternatives, to date we have used Microsoft products almost exclusively. 
| That is very frustrating, not least because in some cases the open source 
| developments are better than those of the closed source."    
| This teacher says that following the agreement with Sun, "schools will find 
| it legitimate to use additional products and work environments. What this 
| means is that if we expose students properly to the range of options, they 
| may prefer non-Microsoft products in the future."   



Is Linux Worth the Effort?

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| I've spent the better part of the past 2 weeks banging away on 2 LTSP servers 
| for our school district. I find myself lamenting to those around me, and 
| being an otherwise cranky guy as well. This morning it dawned on me that 
| people probably think I'm having such a hard time because I'm using Linux 
| instead of the "norm" -- but that's just not the case.    
| Tomorrow morning, about 1200 people are going to log into thin clients strewn 
| around the school district here in northern Michigan. I am using K12LTSP as 
| my distribution, because the support is incredible, and it's designed for 
| schools. The problem for me, however, is that Linux is so darn powerful, my 
| users are overwhelmed by it.     
| [...]
| Is it all worth it? Oh, heck yeah. Instead of managing 250 workstations, I'll 
| be managing 2. I like that kind of math. There are still a couple hundred 
| Macintosh computers, and handfuls of Windows PCs -- but I'd like not to think 
| about those for a bit, and bask in my thin client glory.   


Free software in Polish schools

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| Thousands of Polish high school students now have a chance to learn about 
| GNU/Linux and the benefits of using free software as Polish FLOSS foundation 
| together with school headmasters, supported by local authorities organize a 
| series of lectures on free software in education. PolishLinux.org has a 
| report — summary of the first 3 months of the campaign.    


Students using PCLinuxOS in Vietnam

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| Finally, I decided to test PCLinuxOS with my students. Wow, amazing. Finally 
| a Linux distro that the majority of my students actually liked using. It ran 
| faster than any of the other Linux distros they tried and easily connected to 
| the internet from inside the school (they like to read Yahoo 360 blogs in 
| class). They figured out how to use Konquerer to browse around the different 
| directories in their laptops without me even telling them. As with Macbooks, 
| the Desktop GUI was easy to learn. Thus, I decided to use PCLinuxOS.      


Russian Linux (ALTLinux) to be installed in every school in Russia

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| Russian OS is to be installed on every school computer in Russia by 2009. 
| Furthermore, every pupil will get the opportunity to operate the applied 
| software produced in Russia, Leonid Reiman, acting Minister of Communication 
| stated at a press conference. According to Mr. Reiman, that might 
| significantly reduce Russian dependence on foreign software.    


Embracing PCLinuxOS and Open Source

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| As other countries embrace free, open source software (like Austrian schools 
| learning how to use OpenOffice), especially GNU/Linux distributions on the 
| desktop as alternatives to Windows/Mac, the burning question is, how long 
| before the USA catches on?   
| [...]
| Maybe another question to ask is, how fast can we honestly expect schools to 
| change so that they can simply take advantage of this? And, as they drop all 
| the extra software license agreements they've been carrying around, where 
| will that money go and how will it be spent? How can educators get it focused 
| on where it's needed most?    


'Open Minds' want Linux and open source in American schools

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| Many other countries are turning to Linux and open-source for their 
| school-house computer needs, and now there's a conference for those who want 
| to bring it to schools in the U.S.  


Open source booming in K-12 education

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| An eSchools report (right) says open source spending is growing 70% per year, 
| and will be up 800% in 2011 from last year’s level. 


U.S. schools may join inexpensive laptop project

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| A project that aims to deliver low-priced laptops with string pulleys
| to the world's poorest children may have a new market: U.S. schools.


Birmingham might buy thousands of XO Laptop computers for students in grades
one through eight

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| The machines don't run Microsoft Office, Photoshop or any other standard Mac 
| or Windows programs, instead using a free, open-source version of GNU/Linux, 
| with a simplified graphical interface designed for children called Sugar. The 
| laptop has a 500-megahertz processor and 256 megabytes of DRAM (dynamic 
| random access memory) with 1 gigabyte of flash memory. The laptops have Web 
| browsers and their own Wi-Fi system, the ability to connect to the Internet 
| wirelessly. Each is on a "mesh network," meaning all the laptops can see each 
| other, without any setup, even if there is no wireless connection nearby.       


Linux being launched at schools

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| Besides the operating system the package is to comprise some freely 
| distributed programs, close to MS Office by their functionality, which are to 
| be used on computers with the following characteristics: 233 MHz and 128MB 
| DDR.   


Kubuntu Takes Over the Canary Islands

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| The Canary Islands have two derivatives of Kubuntu, one which is being 
| installed in all their schools and one used by the largest university. 


All Macedonian students to use Linux desktops

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| NComputing announced this week that its multi-user virtual desktop software 
| and low-cost virtual PC terminals will be used to equip every school child in 
| the Republic of Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, with a Linux desktop.  


CICT to computerize 320 public high schools 

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| The PCs are loaded with several open-source tools including EdUbuntu (a 
| version of Ubuntu designed for schools), OpenOffice, Apache, MySQL and 
| Mozilla Firefox, among others.  


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