"Computers for schools and web sites for students. That's the
dream of an ambitious project being promoted in Thailand, known as
SchoolNet. This project has notched up some impressive figures
(some 4300 schools connected to SchoolNet, with some 1500 having
their own web sites).
"But that's only part of the story. How it worked its way to
achieving its goal, including taking some bold steps like using the
GNU/Linux free operating system to back up its plans, makes this
project stand out from other ventures aimed at taking computers to
"SchoolNet Thailand was launched by Bangkok's National
Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC) in 1995. Its
goal: providing universal access to teachers and students. 'Or,
more specifically, schools all over the country can access the
network via a dial-up modem, using access number 1509, and pay only
three baht [about $.07 US] per call,' says its promoters..."