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LinuxMall.com: Daily Conversion: A Colombian Church Becomes a Linux School

May 03, 2000, 22:21 (1 Talkback[s])
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"From the confines of a Colombian church in a community he declines to name, Jaime Herazo attempts to bring a full-color world to schoolchildren on a black-and-white screen."

"Describing himself as a "sort-of-systems-administrator" to 262 students, Herazo, a 24-year-old systems engineering student, believes that a solid education that includes a strong computer background can help give a better future to the students of his troubled country. Linux was the natural choice for implementing a computer program for a small school in an economically depressed region. Herazo's work continues despite a lack of enthusiasm from the school...."

"While Linux's Open Source structure and price tag made the decision on the school's operating system (OS) a no-brainer, turning the tide of computer unfamiliarity can be difficult for Herazo. "I'm mostly building infrastructure right now, and trying hard to teach the teacher," Herazo explained. Despite this, he has big plans for the school's computer facilities. "This week...is a festival....so the school won't have classes, and I`ll upgrade the computers to Mandrake 7.0."

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