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Re: [News] Computers at School Have 'Insufficient' Resources

__/ [ ray ] on Monday 01 May 2006 15:20 \__

> On Mon, 01 May 2006 06:54:05 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Ageing PCs 'problem' for schools
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Schools and colleges have a growing problem with renewing their
>> | computer equipment, a report says.
>> `----
>>                 Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4960586.stm
>> This begs for the question: why renew? Here on campus, I have seen Pentium
>> 3's thrown aside and replaced because they could not handle Windows XP
>> (and Office). I had a whole pile of them in my office, so they were
>> essentially treated like 'junk yard' material.
> Interesting indeed. I've installed Elive Linux on a number of P166s with
> 64MB RAM, and it runs quite well!
*smile* Just do yourself a favour and do not contribute them to schools.
Their IT staff will (_attempt to_) wipe Elive and install Windows XP
instead. XP is known to require 128MB at the very minimum to survive in the
medium/long term. It's insanity. Back when I was using Windows 98 (probably
Microsoft's best O/S to date, for that time), I had only 28 MB of RAM and I
coped just fine. Applications, games, the whole deal! Not only has nothing
improved significantly since, but all went downhill from there. Notably: Bad
security, greed for resources. Meanwhile, GNU/Linux gained steam and has
found itself ahead in the game. It just needs more advertising and
shackle-breaking solutions (e.g. Thunderbird's Outlook/OE import, Samba).

Best wises,


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