Ubuntu-cy reacts to laptop funding pre-installed with Vista for high school students

Theodotos Andreou theo at ubuntucy.org
Sun Jan 11 21:52:33 GMT 2009

The excuse that Linux is different (or harder) is void considedring the 
differences between XP and Vista or worse the differences between Office 
2003 and Office 2007. In some schools I know of, the ministry send them 
new PCs with Office 2007  which they do not know how to use. To solve 
their problem they installed OpenOffice which its GUI is closer to 
Office 2003 than office 2007! The PCs also use an  English version  of 
Windows which is harder for the kids since the first and second year 
kids in elementary are not taught english. With Linux you can have 
install any language you wish and you can choose this language on the 
fly or before login.

Mario Spinthiras wrote:
> why should students need a choice? The MOE should be responsible of
> making a responsible choice for students.
> Next off people should forget about the mac choice as they are out of
> the scope of a "standard" computer user.
> You also have to examine the reasoning behind a windows environment.
> the fact that teachers no nothing about linux and the way teachers
> feel their learning days for new material is over makes things even
> more difficult. Personally I feel the Cyprus government is doing it
> for the easy reasons. It will also cost them a lot of money to train
> everyone to use linux - and time.
> Its a shame we wont be seeing linux in schools any time soon.
> Regards,
> mario
> On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 5:15 PM, Savvas Radevic <vicedar at gmail.com> wrote:
>> People, we already have a response for help:
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Jan Husar <jan.husar at skosi.org>
>> Date: Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 3:58 PM
>> Subject: Re: Ubuntu-cy reacts to laptop funding pre-installed with
>> Vista for high school students
>> To: "Ubuntu local community team (LoCo) contacts"
>> <loco-contacts at lists.ubuntu.com>
>> Cc: Cypriot Ubuntu LoCo Team <ubuntu-cy at lists.ubuntu.com>
>> Hello,
>> I can try to force them to answer via the pernament representation in Brussels,
>> I do that next week, please forward me the names who are responsible for
>> that decision, e.g. directors, attachees,
>> deal here is following,
>> what money is going to be spend on this "funding",
>> for sure it's tax payers money, but is it CY? EU?
>> this we need to find out, and we need to push the problem
>> that they are preferably selecting a vendor and thus
>> the competition rules should apply here...
>> In such cases you can even go to court with your government, over
>> not following public procurement rules and competition rules by favoring
>> one vendor
>> --
>>  -----------------------------------
>> |  Jan Husar
>> |
>> | doing what matters
>> On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 3:51 PM, Savvas Radevic <vicedar at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The Government of Cyprus / Ministry of Education has recently decided
>>> to fund high school students to buy a laptop. The funding will be
>>> about 400 EUR for each student. The website and more information about
>>> this is unfortunately posted in Greek:
>>> http://www.moec.gov.cy/ekpaideutiki_metarrythmisi/index.html
>>> The problem is that they have set a strict requirement, that laptops
>>> would come pre-installed with Windows Vista operating system.
>>> A local newspaper has reacted to this (in Greek):
>>> http://www.politis-news.com/cgibin/hweb?-A=840834&-V=archive&-w=VISTA@&-P
>>> Members of our local community have strictly opposed to the fact that
>>> the laptops would come with Windows Vista (in Greek):
>>> http://ghadjikyriacou.blogspot.com/2008/12/vista.html
>>> http://ctrl-alt-backspace.blogspot.com/2008/12/blog-post_13.html
>>> http://ctrl-alt-backspace.blogspot.com/2008/12/laptop.html
>>> Theodotos Andreou of the Ubuntu-cy local community has recently sent a
>>> letter (by mail and electronic mail) to the Ministry of Education
>>> requesting a specific reason to the question "Why Vista?".
>>> Furthermore, he requested to leave the choice for the students to
>>> decide whether they would want a Macintosh, Windows or GNU/Linux
>>> installed.
>>> He also included numerous reasons about a more convenient choice of a
>>> Linux-based operating system, including freedom, speed, stability and
>>> price, which make a Linux operating system a much better solution for
>>> educational purposes.
>>> The email has been posted in our mailing list (in Greek):
>>> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-cy/2008-December/000154.html
>>> http://n2.nabble.com/%CE%93%CE%B9%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%AF-Vista--td1672094.html
>>> The same letter has been forwarded to major media stations in Cyprus
>>> and has been posted today (Sunday, January 11th 2009):
>>> http://www.scribd.com/doc/10061438/123165639623481-wwwpolitisnewscom
>>> http://pdf.politis-news.com/pdf/pdf?-A=132214&-V=pdfedition
>>> The Ministry has not replied to the letter, neither acknowledging nor
>>> acquiring more information about it.
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