[News] Mainstream News Coverage About GNU/Linux at Schools, "Linux Against Poverty" Collects PCs

[News] Mainstream News Coverage About GNU/Linux at Schools, "Linux Against Poverty" Collects PCs

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:17:13


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Cassidy: Linux could ease schools' tech crunch

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| Maybe the answer for local schools facing
| daunting technology challenges lies with the
| penguins.
|
| You know, penguins those who worship free
| and open-source software, including Linux and
| the operating system's mascot, a penguin named
| Tux.
|
| I've been hearing from the penguins since I
| wrote recently that if Silicon Valley CEOs
| want the state to improve K-12 education, then
| they should take a bigger role in helping
| those schools deploy classroom technology from
| this century.
|
| "One viable solution to getting the old
| computers working again is to install Linux on
| them," Peter Perpich, a San Jose Web
| application engineer, wrote in an e-mail.
| "Linux needs significantly less processing
| power than Windows and is free. There is also
| a wealth of free open-source software for the
| platform."
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http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_15269820?nclick_check=1

Linux Against Poverty Now Accepting Donations

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| To donate a computer, check out the specs here
| and the drop off locations around town where
| you can leave your old machine and pick up a
| tax receipt. If you have five or more
| computers to donate, Linux Against Poverty can
| make arrangements to pick them up.
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http://sxsw.com/node/5024


Recent:

How to Sell Linux to Schools

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| In my earlier post ow to Sell LinuxI
| looked at three different ways how to
| popularize Linux and make it more
| mainstream as well as a household name. In
| the post I will look specifically at how I
| would sell Linux to schools, examining all
| the aspects of such a deployment and how I
| would do it and what distro and software I
| would use.
|
| Here is the order I will look at things in
| this post-:
|
| 1. What Distro would be used?
| 2. What Software would be pre-installed?
| 3. What would be the Incentive?
| 4. How Cost Effective would it be?
| 5. How quickly could new users Adapt?
| 6. Poll and Conclusion
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http://linuxandall.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/how-to-sell-linux-to-schools/


How to Sell Linux to Schools- Part 2

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| Building on the last post, I welcome the
| opportunity to share some of my experiences
| with deploying Linux in schools. It is a
| very broad topic however I will stay with
| the previous outline. First of all, it is a
| matter of migrating schools to Linux, not
| selling them. Second, the approach is
| different based on whether the school in
| located in a developing country, the EU or
| North America.
|
| Before I speak to the suggested list of
| considerations, which I have reordered
| based on feedback from my deployments and
| numerous other sources,I want to say that | the single most factor for any migration
| plan to be successful is to is to manage
| the uman factorof resistance to change.
| Effective training and support are critical
| while technical and functional problems are
| marginalThis is where FUD (fear,
| uncertainty & doubt) comes into play and is
| heavily leveraged by proponents of
| proprietary software.
|
| 1. What would be the Incentive?
| 2. How Cost Effective would it be?
| 3. How quickly could new users Adapt?
| 4. What Software would be pre-installed?
| 5. What Distro would be used?
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