[ubuntu-uk] Persuading a school to switch

Cameron Douglas cameron.douglas at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 13:41:33 GMT 2008

It's kinda interesting with this topic but I think Linux is unlikely
to get into UK schools anytime soon because most people have never
heard of it or they like it but when they find out that the software
in not really compatible with Windows they're not interested.

It doesn't help either that because of the BSF the LA tenders out a
contract for EVERY school it runs to a company be it Dell or HP or in
the case of Education Leeds, every computer in new or refurbished
schools will run crappy RM machines with the buggy and bloated and
unsecure administration tools.

The school I went to had various PC's built from components bought
from CCL Computers and were all self-builds (to save money probably)
and they've migrated from NT4 to Win 2k to XP and are currently trying
out Vista which is what the new school will run on. Although it is a
Maths and IT Specialist school problems with running Linux (unless its
the backend) included running SIMS or the timetable resource planning
as well as drivers for the electronic smartboards they run and some
speicalist software too. Although the Oracle 10g DB can be run on
Linux along with Virtualisation software for the Cisco students

On 26/03/2008, Dianne Reuby <pramclub at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-03-26 at 13:19 +0000, Stephen O'Neill wrote:
> >
> > I hear that a number of network admins are teachers that fell into the
> > role part time through a coincidence of knowing how to use a computer,
> > not because of their being specialists. I imagine that it's only the
> > larger schools that have budgets to staff the role full time, and I
> > haven't personal experience of how they go about filling their positions.
> >
> Not so long ago I did a DTP course - the teacher couldn't help on a
> question I had, she was a maths teacher. Admin had said basically "DTP
> is computers, computers do maths, therefore the maths dept will teach
> this evening class"!
> Dianne
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