[ubuntu-uk] Help get Windows out of schools

LeeGroups mailgroups at varga.co.uk
Mon Feb 9 13:14:15 GMT 2009

That's true, but aren't they both adminstrative functions?

How many PC's are there in an average school vs. the average number of 
adminstrative PC's?


Without wishing to sound like a know-it-all, if the SIMS software uses 
an XML file to control what's used to view files (as per your mail 
below), then XML files can easily be altered... they are straight ASCII 
files which can be edited with Notepad...

> 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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