[News] [Linux] Northwest School District to Give GNU/Linux PCs to Underprivileged Students

[News] [Linux] Northwest School District to Give GNU/Linux PCs to Underprivileged Students

Post by Ian Hillia » Mon, 14 May 2007 21:18:19



Education is about teaching principles. Whether or not the students will
later be working on Windows when they graduate is unimportant. If the
students have learnt the principles they will be able to pick up any
operating system with little effort.

It is also unclear whether Windows will remain the *** operating system
within the lifetime of the students. It is quite likely that Microsoft will
either come up with a new operating system, which is much more secure than
Windows or its greed will get the better of it and it will selfdestruct
within the foreseeable future. In either case, schools would be doing the
students a disservice by only teaching them Windows and by not buying
cheaper hardware but much more of it an then running Linux. This would
possibly give the chance for every student to work on their own computer.
The OLPC project is very much a good direction to be going, but not only in
third world countries.

As a final comment, every great empire has eventually crumbled. The most
common reason was greed ate away the core of the empire. In the end, those
people being governed saw no reason to keep feeding the greedy useless
leaders. When an alternative came along the masses ceased to support the
empire.

Microsoft is definitely showing all the signs of an empire going into self
destruct mode.

Ian
 
 
 

[News] [Linux] Northwest School District to Give GNU/Linux PCs to Underprivileged Students

Post by Roy Schest » Mon, 14 May 2007 23:18:51

tudents may get recycled computers

,----[ Quote ]
| All of the hard drives have been reformatted so it contains no
| district information. Each computer will also include a free set
| of software which will include a word processing application,
| a photo manipulation application and a few games along with a
| Linux operating system.
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http://www.wcmessenger.com/news/news/EEZlAlVkEpEFmkSpXI.php


Related:

Vista sales could boost PC recycling

,----[ Quote ]
| As customers line up to buy new PCs capable of running Microsoft
| Corp.'s new Windows Vista OS, vendors like Dell Inc. and
| Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) are preparing to process a surge
| of discarded, outmoded computers.
`----

http://www.itworld.com/Comp/1183/070131pcrecycle/index.html


Kubuntu Takes Over Georgia; Ubuntu Summit Video

,----[ Quote ]
| Georgia is rolling out Kubuntu in all their schools. This is being
| done as part of a project to bring the internet to every school
| in Georgia.
`----

http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/2797


Schools across Japan may switch to Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported late last week that the
| Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to introduce
| the open-source operating system Linux for use within classrooms
| across the country in the near future.
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http://gyaku.jp/en/index.php?cmd=contentview&pid=000112


Primary school goes Ubuntu

,----[ Quote ]
| I prepared 5 CDs and installed 14 PCs in less than two hours,
| including account setup and Firefox preparation (start page to a
| kids friendly site, Adblock).
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http://www.gadgetguy.de/2007/03/12/primary-school-goes-ubuntu/


District to save money by switching computers to Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Hyland said the district hopes to get all of its computers
| running Linux exclusively by 2010. By that time, administrators
| should have identified new Linux programs for Bexley students,
| including kindergartners. Hyland said she wants to get
| kindergartners started with a program that teaches typing so
| that Bexley students are familiar with technology early on.
`----

http://www.thisweeknews.com/?sec=home&story=sites/thisweeknews/022207/Bexley/News/022207-News-310108.html


Microsoft Windows ousted at California school district

,----[ Quote ]
| By this summer, all 5,000 students and 250 teachers will be working
| off of a Linux-based thin client running OpenOffice.org, and the
| majority of the district's servers will be running Novell SUSE
| Linux Enterprise Server.
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http://searchopensource.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1245710,00.html


Reason Why Schools Should Adopt Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Can I Import My Previous Work Into Linux? Consider this: you have
| document after document tied up into formats, such as Outlook, MS
| Publisher and so on. Now, with Outlook, I "believe" the data can bee
| xported without too much trouble. But last time I checked, your
| Publisher files were stuck as is, period. So it's fair to say
| that challenges like this can indeed, seem like a deal breaker
| for some users. I mean come on, this is not a solution and the
| fact that Publisher is so commonly used in the Windows world is
| certainly not helping anyone. This issue would seem trivial to
| most of us, but to those who just installed Linux, it can prove
| to be frustrating.
`----

http://www.madpenguin.org
 
 
 

[News] [Linux] Northwest School District to Give GNU/Linux PCs to Underprivileged Students

Post by John Lock » Tue, 15 May 2007 01:29:48

On Sun, 13 May 2007 15:18:51 +0100, Roy Schestowitz



I often wonder how many billions of dollars have been wasted by
school system buying Microsoft linceses and junking perfectly good
PCs. It makes me ill to think my property tax money is flowing into
Microsoft's pockets. I think that the powers to be are finally
getting wind of this and I predict that Linux will be a major player
in the schools within two years or less.
 
 
 

[News] [Linux] Northwest School District to Give GNU/Linux PCs to Underprivileged Students

Post by DFS » Tue, 15 May 2007 02:50:47


Not one cent was wasted. Everyone wins with Windows. Most importantly, the
students get access to the best educational software in the world.

>> It makes me ill to think my property tax money is flowing into >> Microsoft's pockets.

Then you must be near death all day at work, running your entire business on
Window.

cola idiots insist Linux/OSS is all-powerful and Windows is crap, so remind
me: why can't you immediately switch your business to the "superior"
Linux/OSS platform?


>> I think that the powers to be are finally >> getting wind of this and I predict that Linux will be a major player >> in the schools within two years or less.

It already is at some/lots of colleges.
 
 
 

[News] [Linux] Northwest School District to Give GNU/Linux PCs to Underprivileged Students

Post by John Bail » Tue, 15 May 2007 04:24:40


And the lesson learned is: Caveat emptor.
 
 
 

[News] [Linux] Northwest School District to Give GNU/Linux PCs to Underprivileged Students

Post by [H]ome » Fri, 18 May 2007 10:41:05

Verily I say unto thee, that John Locke spake thusly:


The bit that really galls me, is the fact that you are expected to *pay*
for the privilege of some company acquiring your "perfectly good PC".

Some people just can't throw their money away fast enough, can they?

--
K.
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

.----
| 'Also, no one calls it PCI-X even though that's the "official "
| shortening of the much more commonly used "PCI Express".'
| - Hardon Quirk, COLA's resident "genius".
`----

Fedora Core release 5 (Bordeaux) on sky, running kernel 2.6.20-1.2312.fc5
02:39:47 up 30 days, 11 min, 3 users, load average: 0.00, 0.05, 0.07