[ubuntu-uk] Help get Windows out of schools

Harry Rickards hrickards at l33tmyst.com
Mon Feb 9 17:54:05 GMT 2009

Someone I know who goes to a CLAIT course was told that an Operating System
meant Windows, no mention of Linux or Mac OSX, and that an application was
simply either an MS Office App or IE, again do mention of OpenOffice or
Firefox. Maybe the instructors don't even know alternatives to MS software

Harry Rickards

On Mon, 09 Feb 2009 17:31:58 +0000, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com>
> LeeGroups 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
>>> 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...
>  From the point of view of some, even careers are at stake....
> I talk to my local Adult Education Centre contact, and it is obvious 
> to me that the person has trained on MS office stuff in detail, is all 
> set up for it, and delivers free MS 'advertising' by running courses 
> on MS products from that moment on for ever.
> When I mention Open Office to them I notice that one factor is that 
> they do not use it personally (at home), nor know anything in detail. 
> Life is busy, and they would need a strong motive to look at OO.
> There is a momentum surrounding their courses too - If their customers 
> were not marketed OO clearly and well, then the Learning Centre would 
> get no customers for non MS courses. Customers expectations, 
> influenced by the marketing and the retail environment, are waiting to 
> be changed......
> Marketing of the Free 'Alternative to Windows' is required at all 
> levels to deflect the gravy train slightly away from MS,
> -- 
> alan cocks
> Ubuntu user #10391
> Linux user #360648


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