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[News] Canadian and Canadian Schools Happy with GNU/Linux Desktops

School districts serve up lessons in Linux

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| School districts in the US and Canada find Linux and open source offers 
| better support, cheaper setup costs, and improved educational value 



Expert shares secrets to saving thousands with K12LTSP

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| The K12 Linux Terminal Server Project (K12LTSP) is a thin client
| distribution designed for use in schools.
| [...]
| Arkiletian estimates that his lab cost only $4,000 to set up --
| about a tenth the cost of buying replacement workstations.


'The Linux desktop is a complete blast'

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| The Linux desktop is a complete blast. This market just went to a
| million downloads. It's hot, it's cool, it's a lot less expensive,
| the kids are loving it. School systems have some great desktop 
| operating systems -- it's also in kiosks, retail systems,
| point-of-sale systems. A lot of those systems are being refreshed
| now, so the best thing now is really lowering the cost of
| ownership, increasing return on investment. This is a great space,
| very strong selling. We're 95 per cent there as a viable alternative
| to anything else.


Spending on open source support services in Canada to soar

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| The market for open source support services is going to boom over
| the next five years, according to a recent Gartner survey.


Kubuntu Takes Over the Canary Islands

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| The Canary Islands have two derivatives of Kubuntu, one which is being 
| installed in all their schools and one used by the largest university. 


All Macedonian students to use Linux desktops

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| NComputing announced this week that its multi-user virtual desktop software 
| and low-cost virtual PC terminals will be used to equip every school child in 
| the Republic of Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, with a Linux desktop.  


Russian Linux (ALTLinux) to be installed in every school in Russia

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| Russian OS is to be installed on every school computer in Russia by 2009. 
| Furthermore, every pupil will get the opportunity to operate the applied 
| software produced in Russia, Leonid Reiman, acting Minister of Communication 
| stated at a press conference. According to Mr. Reiman, that might 
| significantly reduce Russian dependence on foreign software.    


Basics of a Linux-based School IT Infrastructure

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| I've had some correspondence with Gregg Ferrie and Dean Montgommery at BC 
| SD73 in Canada. These guys have a remarkable program where all the schools in 
| the district are clambering over one-another to be the next one converted to 
| Linux. Quoting Gregg at around the time of writing:   
| School District No. 73 has 54 schools and another 6 administration sites 
| including Board Office, Maintenance and Transportation. Roughly 4500+ 
| computers or desktops for all staff and students. Each Elementary School has 
| one teaching lab of 30 computers, at least one computer in each classroom, 
| computers in libraries, Learning Assistance rooms and the offices. Secondary 
| schools range in size but the smallest have at least 2 teaching labs of 30 
| ranging up to 8 in the largest school.       


Athens schools promote 'open source' computing

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| Athens was invited because it is one of few districts in Michigan teaching on 
| Linux operating systems. Linux is a cost-free alternative to proprietary 
| systems, such as Microsoft Windows or Apple's Mac O.S. While some open source 
| software applications, such as e-mail programs, come at a cost, Linux is 
| almost entirely free. Windows or Mac systems can cost up to $400 per machine.    
| Open source means the source code for an operating system cannot be owned and 
| is available for free. 


'Installfest' Brings Open Source Tools to Northern California Schools

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| The idea is to take advantage of the low overhead of open-source tools and 
| operating systems, such as the Linux-based Ubuntu, so that computers that 
| would otherwise have been discarded can be put to use for educational 
| institutions and other groups, including low-income individuals and 
| non-profits.    
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| Some of the California schools participating in the March Installfest include 
| Ascend School, Bella Vista Elementary, Casa Grande High School, KIPP San 
| Francisco Bay Academy, Lockwood School, Mission High School, and Whittier 
| Elementary School.   


Linux will dominate UK schools within 5 years

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| Yes, it does seem unlikely doesn't it? Windows has been the only reality for 
| several generations of computer users. But is the tide finally beginning to 
| turn?  
| At the Education Show held in February 2007, the talk was of 'sustainable' 
| computing and how schools could use technology to reduce their 'carbon  
| footprint'. Nobody had any idea of what was to come – a host of Linux-based, 
| ultra-portable, incredibly cheap and very green personal laptops.  


One Laptop Per New York City Middle School Student

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| One Laptop Per Child may have pilot projects in many schools worldwide, but 
| the newest program has my rapt attention. Teaching Matters, an educational 
| non-profit, is implementing a OLPC pilot in the Kappa IV school in New York 
| City with a refreshing twist.   


Kerala On Linux Express Highway

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| The Linux slip-road that the state took is slowly becoming an
| express highway.
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| If we twist Napoleon's quote on China a bit, we can safely say, "Linux is a 
| sleeping giant, let it sleep, because when Linux moves the world moves!"


San Diego Students Learn on Linux Desktops From Novell

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| San Diego Unified School District is the second-largest school
| district in California, serving more than 130,000 students,
| 100,000 of whom are in grades three through 12 and are
| targeted by the Always-On Learning Initiative.


Kubuntu Takes Over Georgia; Ubuntu Summit Video

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| Georgia is rolling out Kubuntu in all their schools. This is being
| done as part of a project to bring the internet to every school
| in Georgia.


Students may get recycled computers

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| All of the hard drives have been reformatted so it contains no
| district information. Each computer will also include a free set
| of software which will include a word processing application,
| a photo manipulation application and a few games along with a
| Linux operating system.


Vista sales could boost PC recycling

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| As customers line up to buy new PCs capable of running Microsoft
| Corp.'s new Windows Vista OS, vendors like Dell Inc. and
| Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) are preparing to process a surge
| of discarded, outmoded computers.


Schools across Japan may switch to Linux

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| Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported late last week that the
| Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to introduce
| the open-source operating system Linux for use within classrooms
| across the country in the near future.


Primary school goes Ubuntu

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| I prepared 5 CDs and installed 14 PCs in less than two hours,
| including account setup and Firefox preparation (start page to a
| kids friendly site, Adblock).


District to save money by switching computers to Linux

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| Hyland said the district hopes to get all of its computers
| running Linux exclusively by 2010. By that time, administrators
| should have identified new Linux programs for Bexley students,
| including kindergartners. Hyland said she wants to get
| kindergartners started with a program that teaches typing so
| that Bexley students are familiar with technology early on.


Microsoft Windows ousted at California school district

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| By this summer, all 5,000 students and 250 teachers will be working
| off of a Linux-based thin client running OpenOffice.org, and the 
| majority of the district's servers will be running Novell SUSE
| Linux Enterprise Server.


Reason Why Schools Should Adopt Linux

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| Can I Import My Previous Work Into Linux? Consider this: you have
| document after document tied up into formats, such as Outlook, MS
| Publisher and so on. Now, with Outlook, I "believe" the data can bee
| xported without too much trouble. But last time I checked, your
| Publisher files were stuck as is, period. So it's fair to say
| that challenges like this can indeed, seem like a deal breaker
| for some users. I mean come on, this is  not a solution and the
| fact that Publisher is so commonly used in the Windows world is
| certainly not helping anyone. This issue would seem trivial to
| most of us, but to those who just installed Linux, it can prove
| to be frustrating. 


Stretching the Education Dollar With Linux

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| The fact that open source solutions offer a wider range of choices
| and options than their proprietary counterparts make them truly
| useful alternatives to closed solutions, Henson says, especially
| for administrative tasks. "[W]ith open source solutions,
| organizations can freely customize the software to their
| specific requirements. This is particularly important when
| organizations wish to integrate with their existing software
| -- such as student and employee management systems. Developing
| such APIs is often extremely costly and time-consuming to
| facilitate with proprietary software vendors."


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