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oLinux.br: Linux For School Project: More schools should adopt this idea!

Oct 03, 2001, 23:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcos Martins ManhAes, Marcos Martins ManhAes)

[ Thanks to Marcos Manhaes for this link. ]

"OLinux: In your opinion, what are the main obstacles to get Linux inside the schools? What do you think about the benefits of the open code?

Phil Jones: Unfamiliarity, compatibility and the time/effort needed are the main obstacles. Linux is a 'rawer' computing experience that requires learning. The rewards are there, of course. Compability with Microsoft Word is a problem because that program's everywhere. In so many schools they're just trying to keep what they've got working and there's no time or resources for trying out something new.

There's also a (wrong) perception that schools have to give children what they'll find in the workplace. Children can easily adapt from one platform to another. Also by the time they get out of school it'll all have changed anyway. If my school had that idea then they would have trained me at twelve to be expert on Word Perfect 4.1 for DOS. There's no need to worry about it. Trust in kids' adaptability."

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