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LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: E Stands For Education

Oct 24, 2000, 11:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"In addition to negating the three arguments mentioned above, here are some real advantages of using Linux in the classroom."

"Advantage #1: Stability. How many teachers have to waste valuable class time messing around with blue screens of death or little bomb message boxes? Teachers do not have the time to deal with this. Give them an always-up platform that they don't have to be techies to use."

"Advantage #2: Flexible configuration. Linux boxes can be set up to run as anything from full-blown developer's boxes with every library and toolkit to quiescent little boxes running cute little bunny flash card programs for kindergarteners. Admins can lock these setups down, too, thus preventing the common "I can't find my icons" error. Systems with less of a lock would give students training in interface setup and workflow management, too. Oh, and since Linux can run circles around Windows on older machines, did I mention that Linux hardware is cheaper than Windows hardware? That'll put a gleam in any school board member's eye."

"Advantage #3: Security. This goes without saying for Linux users and it is a real need in schools. How many script-kiddies out there can blow away the so-called security on a Windows system? Right, rhetorical question. Put a Linux system in there and you'll definitely shut down the casual hackers."

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