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Re: [News] Free Software for School Children

  • Subject: Re: [News] Free Software for School Children
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 14:59:33 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Friday 26 May 2006 09:17 \__

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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> __/ [ Mark Kent ] on Thursday 25 May 2006 14:08 \__
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>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>> A free education
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>| My sister Erika's second grade primary school class had a problem: it
>>>>| had four old computers running Microsoft Windows 98, and no educational
>>>>| software for the computers. The computers were used mainly for viewing
>>>>| children's educational Web sites, and playing simple Macromedia Flash
>>>>| games. I decided to introduce free software into her classroom. The
>>>>| results were heart-warming.
>>>> `----
>>>> http://business.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/05/15/1941210&from=rss
>>> That was useful - am just taking a copy of the freeduc-primaire cd to my
>>> school, so we'll see how we get along...
>> It'll be fine until some MVP or Ballmer calls the principal. Frankly, it's
>> amazing how some people give Linux and Open Source a bad reputation. They
>> will have people believe that Linux will have everyone jobless. They
>> compare it to cancer, cracking, piracy and the Red Threat.
> Ah, have no concerns here, I'm on the board of governors, have the Head's
> buy-in, and am also working closely with the /new/ support contractor
> who's keen to learn Linux to complement his Windows skills.  I've
> already got a mail server in place on Linux which has, unsurprisingly,
> had zero problems and required zero maintenance in its 10 months of
> usage so far.
> The ICT technician was skeptical at first, and rebooted it twice, each
> time when there was a network problem (elsewhere, of course).  She's now
> comfortable with it, and just leaves it alone.

Speaking of reboots, I am having some problems at home. I had to reboot
yesterday afternoon, as well as two months ago. The Palm daemon, I suspect,
did not respond and I don't know how to reset or restart it, so I take the
easy route (reboot). If it weren't for this problem that requires a reboot,
I'd have an uptime of 200+ on a personal PC running SuSE 9.3. No complaints

As a general note, I am very slow today because we have an important
deadline... voluntary obligations to COLA can be a handful at times...

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