[ubuntu-uk] 'The One': new low-priced laptop with linux inside

Sean Miller sean at seanmiller.net
Mon Feb 18 07:25:39 GMT 2008

On 2/18/08, James Mansion <james at mansionfamily.plus.com> wrote:
>The biggest problem with schools IT is training - not just for the
>teachers but also for
>the external support staff that have to help out.  We gave serious
>consideration to trying to

Well, as I see it there are three major operating systems on the desktop at

- Windows
- OS-X
- Linux

...of the three, one is completely different, and obviously hard to learn
for those used to the other two... long established key combinations
(Ctrl-C, Ctrl-R, Shift-Tab) simply do not work... the top menu changes
contextually, so how to get back to what you were just doing isn't

...of course, what we're talking here is OS-X, an OS that is completely
different... and, imho, very hard to use compared to the other two.

...Micro$oft "borrowed" things like Ctrl-C from Unix... Linux desktops have
(KDE/Gnom at least) retained key combinations common to Windows users for
ease of portability...

Could it be that we're talking ourselves out of the school market, because I
don't actually see where this problem that James refers to is...  if
location on the screen is a problem then both KDE and Gnome can be
configured to look just like Windows... OpenOffice will provide all the
things that MSOffice can, and don't be fooled by the "let's give them the
same software as they'll use in the workplace" because software changes... a
school that 5 years ago taught pupils Office 2000, is that any more relevant
today than had they taught the concepts using Openoffice?!?!  Of course
not... because Office 2000 is probably no less different to Microsoft's
latest beast than Openoffice... it's the concepts you're teaching, not a

They say that once you've been conditioned into a way of thinking it is hard
to break out of it... this is nowhere more present than in the "fear" of
anything not Micro$oft.   When people do actually "break out" they are
generally impressed by what they find... let's not put our "product" down...
if people really want proprietary software there is always wine/Crossover...
let's tackle the fear head on...

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