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Re: [News] Schools Ready to Become Platform-independent

  • Subject: Re: [News] Schools Ready to Become Platform-independent
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2006 19:51:29 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • References: <1160332327.807879.294640@b28g2000cwb.googlegroups.com>
  • User-agent: slrn/ (Linux)
  • Xref: news.mcc.ac.uk comp.os.linux.advocacy:1165752
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newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| With the start of the new school year, many teachers and students
>| are seeking new products and technologies to help them through
>| their upcoming academics. With the increase of teachers using
>| blogs and wikis, and students networking and utilizing online
>| tools, the demand for easier and more efficient ways of learning
>| is on the rise.
> `----
> http://www.solutionwatch.com/512/back-to-school-with-the-class-of-web-20-part-1/
> http://www.solutionwatch.com/515/back-to-school-with-the-class-of-web-20-part-2/
> See another related article (published a couple of days ago):
> High-tech social enterprise reaps free software's benefits
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| It doesn't matter what desktop you use.'"Ball says that the
>| desktop is basically irrelevant in 2006 anyway, because when it
>| comes down to it, "Everybody uses Firefox. That's the key piece
>| -- if there's one ubiquitous piece of free software out there,
>| it's Firefox."
> `----
> http://business.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/09/29/1827208&from=rss
> There's also Moodle for on-line learning, but proprietary rivals fight
> it with software patents

After the huge success of my debian-based email server at my school,
we're now looking at migrating the main server function onto a Linux
box.  It's taking a little while, as I'm working with the IT support guy
to get him up to speed with Linux - he's previously been a Windows chap,
but is very capable, and is ever more enthusiastic about the
possibilities which Linux offers, as he supports several schools in the

I was amazed at how long the server had been in place at the school -
it's never failed in that time, although it's been powered down several
times (local main supply isn't brilliant), but there's been no negative
impact (thank goodness for journalling filesystems).

Obviously, we'll migrate the whole lot onto one box in due course, along
with dansguardian for filtering, and if we need more bandwidth, we'll
use the kernel to balance traffic between two adsl pipes.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
In which level of metalanguage are you now speaking?

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