[ubuntu-uk] Help get Windows out of schools

Harry Rickards hrickards at l33tmyst.com
Mon Feb 9 13:03:19 GMT 2009


Even if school's don't solely use Windows, they usually have to use it as
the main OS, as the AQA exam software only works with Windows, not under
Wine; and the SIMS software uses MS Word to view files, which cannot be
changed to OpenOffice even on Windows as it's hardcoded into the XML file.

On Mon, 09 Feb 2009 12:01:31 +0000, LeeGroups <mailgroups at varga.co.uk>
wrote:
>> Aparently primnary schools are forced to use MS office so the children
>> are ready for what is used in Secondary schools which is I guess a fair
>> argument i guess.  And i guess secondaries feel obliged to use MS office
>> as they see it as "industry standard."
> There used to be a saying in the computer industry which was "Nobody 
> ever got fired for buying IBM".
> I think it's shifted to Microsoft. Speaking from experience, most school 
> "IT department heads" don't know that much about IT.
> They perceive it as a 'safe' option to go with MS, every if it costs a 
> fortune, because "everyone else uses it".
> 
> It's a classic circular argument...
> 
> Lee

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