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Advogato.org: GNU/Linux in Public Schools?

Aug 22, 2000, 15:48 (12 Talkback[s])
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"I've recently been approached on two seperate occasions, by an Administrator, and a computer science teacher, of two public school districts asking me how Linux could be useful to them. They both agreed that the price was great, but had a hard time, finding the other benefits."

"Price is the most obvious benefit for a school district to switch to Linux... one district official said to me, "I have 25 computers, running on about 5 copies of Windows 95, and we have to do something about that fast." But price alone isn't enough to persuade administrators that they should switch to Linux."

"The real question is, can the students do all the same things they can do in Linux in Windows, and will they learn more using Linux? A local high school tech teacher told me that the following programs would allow his kids to do 99% of thier work/play {Netscape Communicator,gFTP, GIMP, RealPlayer, Blender, XMMS, WordPerfect, StarOffice Personal Edition, GNOME, KDE, Quadra} Add gcc and various programming tools and Linux seems to be a pefect fit. On top of that, each student can have thier own home directory accessible from any machine on the network, and their own user configurations/desktop."

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