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Shiny open source software for the next generation in schools

Nov 09, 2010, 07:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Spencer)

"I just read a press release announcing a Linux alternative to Microsoft's Multipoint server. Basically the concept is that up to ten PCs can USB-into the server and act as plug and play thin-clients.

"The advantage of this set up is that the workstation PCs can be of varied origins and vintage and only the server will need any TLC. In other words, cheap, reliable, easy to set up computing.

"The advantage of a Linux version of MS Multipoint is that by using free open source software, cheap got cheaper. The press release emphasised the cost savings of Linux and how poor people would benefit children in African schools or something like this (as long as they had power). The problem however is the usual one, being poor sucks. Sharing a PC is like sharing a bed with a sibling, you long for your own."

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