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Top 5 Ways to Help Linux Virgins Make the Switch

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| Hey guys, this is a weekly series we are trying out. Niki was kind enough to 
| let us publish one of her old video here and she will make more videos in the 
| coming weeks for LH.  


Enquiring minds want to know - why no Linux for NSW high school laptops?

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| It doesn’t surprise me that Microsoft would have pursued this tender with 
| aggressive pricing and negotiating. However, unless the software is being 
| given away at no cost whatsoever it involves a necessary sacrifice on 
| hardware to cover the Windows bar tab.   
| Even if Microsoft is giving its goodies away (which I doubt) the decision to 
| use a Microsoft platform still hampers students. They will by necessity 
| require resource-stealing anti-virus software. They will be confronted with 
| expenses if they wish to upgrade to newer versions of Microsoft’s products.   



Only Linux can deliver 1 million school laptops within budget: systint

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| Just as the world's economies started to tank, Australia's Governments got
| themselves into an economic bind by promising to supply public school
| children with laptops. However, a leading systems integrator has issued a
| blueprint for an affordable blanket laptop roll out using Linux and netbooks.
| [...]
| "It's a simple proposition; we've prepared an open solution which delivers
| the best-possible value to education for netbook or laptop roll-outs," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-running Linux firm Cybersource.
| "Our proposal is to use low-cost netbooks, allocating one per two students,
| with the students using 'live' Linux USB keys to store their operating
| system, applications and school-work. This results in a major reduction in
| installation and maintenance complexity, but still allows the students
| flexibility in how they use their netbooks and applications."


Will the NSW Govt put Linux in schools?

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| The NSW Government's release this week of an expressions of interest tender
| to give low-cost laptops to every senior public school student in NSW is a
| big step, but will these systems be Windows or Linux?
| Rolling out from 2009 onwards, the program will mean a whole generation of
| students will be a great deal more technically literate, which can only be a
| good thing. However, the cost per device (only $500) is going to be a
| challenge for vendors to meet.


Linux netbooks look likely to save Australian government education election

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| Hardware manufacturers have been asked to provide expressions of interest by
| January 14th.
| The specs look spookily close to the current emerging market of netbooks –
| low priced ultra portable computing devices – and it seems most likely that,
| in a blow to Microsoft, a variant of Linux will be chosen as the operating
| system to power the units given that Linux attracts no licensing fees
| whatsoever and has been proven to work on low powered hardware already.


Linux threat to Microsoft

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| Linux, equipped in 30% to 40% of Eee PCs sold, will probably sustain a market
| share of about 30%, said Samson Hu, a general manager at Asustek. The company
| estimates it will ship at least 5 million Eee PCs in 2008 after selling about
| 4 million since the product's debut.



Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

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