[ubuntu-uk] heads up - UK schools frameworks accepted
rob at esdelle.co.uk
Tue Sep 23 09:07:03 BST 2008
alan c wrote:
> Open Source makes historic UK breakthrough
> to date:
> Sirius, Novell
> more to come I believe
I was involved with a SFD event on Saturday in Torbay. A couple of
school technicians turned up to the event. In discussion with them they
mentioned that they'd love to use Open Source software but part of the
problem was that some of the educational applications weren't supported
by Linux (mainly Windows based stuff) and that a real barrier to change
was the teachers who would get in a flap when they used something
different (I got the impression that some teachers even the younger
teachers haven't got very good IT skills).
If you ask me, I think there should be a big push to some of the
developers of educational software. For instance, Granny's Garden
(http://www.4mation.co.uk/cat/granny.html) which was around in the days
of the Beeb has a Windows and Mac version but no Linux version.
I did suggest looking into LTSP with a couple of beefy servers and maybe
for Windows compatibility a Windows 2003/2008 Terminal Server (surely a
few Windows 2003/2008 Terminal Server cal's and a couple of servers
would be cheaper than a load of PCs running Vista).
I think the most amusing thing that came out of it though in terms of
wasting money was what one of the other guys in the LUG told me. A
friend of his went to look at a local secondary school which his
daughter was moving to. He said that the school had a suite of Intel
based iMacs (and not the cheap ones either!) and guess what they were
running.... nope, not OS X but Windows XP instead!!!!!
(Why anyone would want to buy an £800 iMac to run XP when something like
a £300 Dell desktop would do the same.
Sounds to me like that particular school was putting style over cost.
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