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[News] Schools SHouls Adopt Linux for Education, Not Windows/Office Training

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Linux in Education: Concepts Not Applications

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| At the grade school level though, we need to teach children not only how to 
| use technology, but how to learn to use technology too. If we can offer 
| students the use of Windows, Linux, and Macintosh, and be versed in Web 2.0, 
| handheld computing, and application concepts -- we prepare them to succeed. 
| Isn't that what we ultimately want for kids? For them to succeed in whatever 
| they do?     
| Linux is the PERFECT tool for education. It plays well with other operating 
| systems, and offers such a wide variety of applications, that it's silly not 
| to expose children to its usage. Oh, and there's also that little thing 
| called cost. For many schools, that alone can seal the deal. Linux offers 
| more, costs less, and can even fit well with existing tools.    



FR: Education Ministry encourages Open Source use

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| The department at the French Ministry of Education that is handling
| purchasing of software and software licenses is increasing its Open Source
| offerings to some 1.5 million teachers and education workers in 250
| institutes France.
| [...]
| The discount agreement with Mandriva is valid for the next four years. How
| many of France's postgraduate schools and universities today use GNU/Linux
| distribution Mandriva is not recorded, said Verez.



Russian schools abandon Windows after piracy scare 

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| Microsoft says that the incident has nothing to do with them, but it 
| appears that Russian schools in the area are so scared about being shipped 
| off to a Siberian Gulag, that they are buying Linux gear instead.
| [..]
| According to Karpushin, schools would start using freely distributed
| software like the Linux OS, Russky office and Open office desktop apps,
| Ekho Moskvi reports.

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