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Linux Gazette: Linux in British Schools

Feb 03, 2001, 19:32 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James)

"...since Windows is seen by many people as easier to get to grips with, that would seem a good choice. But Linux Versions are now just about as easy--they no longer require large amounts of knowledge. Then, since these computers are all networked, Linux would be a good option. Also, what is the whole point of education?- to get qualifications for a job. It is thought Linux is fast becoming more popular (if not already) than Windows, and more and more computers in businesses run Linux, so people going into any area of business would benefit from the experience of Linux. Also, it has good networking features, and is more customisable, also by many people it is thought to be more stable to run than its competitors. Not forgetting the difference in price: you can pick up a full 6-CD version of SuSE Linux 6 for £30 (or less if you know someone who has it already), and make money out of it! Compared to possibly hundreds of pounds for competitors' networking OS's."

"Therefore, this school runs Linux Red Hat or SuSE, right? WRONG! It runs Windows! I ask this question to the British government: how are the pupils supposed to survive in the 'big world' of computing nowadays if they don't have at least the opportunity to experience at least the basics of another graphical OS such as Red Hat or SuSE Linux. OK, it is easy to get to grips with Linux, but nowadays potential employers won't look at you twice unless you've experienced it, so what are you supposed to do--lie???"

"So isn't it about time that the government make new guidelines as to how GCSE and A level are obtained, and allow the support of multi-operating system knowledge? This would also help show the full possibilities of Linux and open sourcing in general. Let's not forget the government money saved by using open-source software instead of the usual software. The benefits are obvious: no more expensive site software licences!"

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