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To Linux or not to Linux?

Feb 19, 2009, 17:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Dawson)

"The teachers largely favor Windows. It's familiar and they'll have enough to do learning the new applications and integrating the tablets in class, let alone learning a new operating system (or so they say). Yet Intel has assured me that there will be an equivalent software stack between the two operating systems, I've found that our RTI software runs quite well under Wine, and Edubuntu itself has quite a body of educational software available in its repositories.

"I have yet to test Edubuntu on the Classmate. That will be happening soon and obviously I need to put it through its paces before I make a decision. We know that XP is pretty snappy on the little machines, though, and new firewalls with some pretty heavy duty gateway anti-malware should keep them running safely without performance-sapping client-side anti-virus (we, unfortunately, won't be able to send them home, meaning that the firewall and weekly scans with ClamWin should do the trick)."

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