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Re: [News] Hundreds of Thousands of GNU/Linux Laptops to be Given to Spanish Students

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____/ Gregory Shearman on Thursday 24 Sep 2009 01:42 : \____

> On 2009-09-23, Terry Porter <linux-2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:23:03 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Our Government has paid $5000 for each netbook, because they're loaded
>> with Windows and other lacklustre, hobbled, restricted payware.
> No, the laptops have cost the Government $2245 a student (including
> ongoing costs):
> http://www.theage.com.au/technology/biz-tech/specs-released-for-nsw-school-laptops-20090615-cblq.html
> The $5000 dollar figure was touted as the supposed cost of the software
> (Microsoft OS,Office, etc), the implication being that the government
> got such a *wonderful* deal from Microsoft.
> I think it was a shit deal and it's a shit idea. Half the laptops will
> be wrecked in a year, regardless of the software running on the things.
> Make the parents buy them, that way they'll mostly be looked after.
>> Naturally, our kids are the ones who miss out.
> They miss out because the computer classes are not teaching about
> computing... they are teaching about navigating only ONE operating
> system and its applications at one particular software release.

They later added "open source" in attempt tom quiet down the critics.

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