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____/ JeffM on Thursday 10 Nov 2011 02:06 : \____
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>|The Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science (MEC)[...]
>>|wants schools to keep their old computers and install free Linux software
>>|instead as part of an austerity measure.
> There were several extra bits in the Slashdot coverage of this:
> :Dot.Com.CEO writes:
> :[in Portugal] Teaching software has to support
> :(and in fact does support) Linux and Windows.
> :icebraining writes:
> :I went to a (public) High School here in Portugal around eight years
> :at the time, all the machines we used in IT classes
> :already dual-booted between Windows
> :and a Portuguese GNU/Linux distro ("Caixa Magica")
> :and we had to learn how to get around on the Gnome desktop.
> icebraining also answered a question I was wondering about:
> ::they might the educational software for free from Brazil.
> ::Same language
> :[...]not really. While they're both Portuguese,
> :until recently they didn't even use the same orthography,
> :and while that has been fixed,
> :we still don't use the same vocabulary nor phrase constructions.
> :Don't get me wrong, we can understand it just fine
> :(as it's evidenced by the millions of Portuguese people
> :who watch Brazilian soap operas [every] night),
> :but it's not close enough for an educational setting.
> ...and Kari might especially approve
> of this slightly-OT comment made by an anonymous poster:
> :At our university (Helsinki University of Technology)[,]
> :there are large Linux-only computer classes,
> :and those computers just work.
In our department they are all being converted to dual-boot. They
still count as "Windows" by Microsoft's definition.
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz, Research Fellow
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