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Re: [News] KDE Developers Strut Their Code

DFS wrote:
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Deploying KDE to 52 million young people
>>> By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have
>>> swelled to 53,000 labs serving some 52,000,000 students.
>> http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2008/04/deploying-kde-to-52-million-young.html
> Each Linux install magically multiplies by 1000!  It's the
> miracle OS!
> Rex Ballard: "Linux has the potential to double the world's
> global output every 2 years for 10 years."
> Ruben Safir:  Linux can "help assure the survival all of
> mankind as a free, informed and tolerant civilization."


As this first slide shows, until the end of this year there will
be already 29,000 labs deployed, serving approximately 36 million
students. This number grows to more than 53,000 by the end of
2009, and at that time 52 million students will have access to
them. You can also see in the slide a solution that is being
developed for classrooms: a single hardware unit with integrated
projector, cpu, bundled content and DVD player. With it, digital
content will no longer be restricted to the info lab, and will be
usable by teachers in the traditional classrooms as well.


Macedonia: A New Sun of Linux Freedom Rises
In Macedonia, Edubuntu Machines For Every Student

Brian Proffitt
Monday, November 19, 2007 09:44:09 AM

According to the Macedonia Ministry of Education and Science,
more than 180,000 workstations running Edubuntu 7.04 have already
begun to be deployed to Macedonian students. The students will
share time on the computers, half in the morning and half in the


Carr explained that this news was a long time in coming. Back in
2005, a pilot version of the program was launched that put 5,000
Ubuntu machines in 468 schools and 182 computer labs. That
two-year pilot was very successful, Carr said, which led to the
implementation of the full deployment this year.

This is not simply a victory for Linux on the desktop, but a
direct loss for Microsoft as well. In 2003, Macedonia entered
into an agreement with Microsoft to legalize copies of Windows
that were at that time unlicensed by the Macedonian government.
Microsoft was also to devote resources for translating more of
Windows into the Macedonian language. Details of the arrangement
were never fully disclosed, though presumably the translation did
take place, because Carr confirmed that, like Edubuntu, Windows
XP was available in Macedonian.

Despite XP's native-language capabilities, Carr did not seem the
slightest bit concerned about a possible operating system
switchover along the lines of what occured recently in Nigeria,
when a planned deployment of 17,000 Mandriva-loaded Classmate PC
was almost derailed by an unplanned switch to Windows XP on the
Classmate machines.

In Macedonia, it's extremely unlikely that such an event would
occur, Carr said, because the Macedonian government had put so
much time and effort into researching the Edubuntu-based solution.


Cost savings and carbon reductions

Compared to offering a similar number of individual PCs, Brazil
was able to save 60 percent in up-front costs, 80 percent in
annual power savings, as well as additional savings in
administration and support costs, says Userful. In addition, the
Brazil deployment will save more than 170,000 tons of CO2
emissions annually, or the equivalent of removing 28,000 cars
from the road, claims the company.

Stated Tim Griffin, President of Userful, "Userful is very happy
to have been selected to participate in this historic opportunity
to help millions of children get the computer education they need
in a sustainable way."

Stated Luiz Ferreira, President of ThinNetworks, "This project
will bring access to information technology to almost every young
student in Brazil."

Carbon Reductions:  Posting about the benefits of Linux per
charter would reduce the methane emissions in COLA.

Quando omni flunkus moritati
(If all else fails, play dead)
- "Red" Green

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