[ubuntu-uk] (Marketing) Royal Society asks you - why IT is boring?

Gordon Burgess-Parker gbplinux at gmail.com
Thu Aug 26 22:31:35 BST 2010

  On 26/08/2010 22:27, Kris Douglas wrote:
> On 26 August 2010 22:24, Gordon Burgess-Parker<gbplinux at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>   On 26/08/2010 19:25, Kris Douglas wrote:
>>> but said because of the computer contract with Research Machines,
>> My wife works for the largest Educational Publisher in the world and RM
>> is a TOTAL NIGHTMARE. They dictate to schools what software they can or
>> can't use - any software has to be "validated" by RM in INDIA????? They
>> are not out to provide a service to schools - just to empire build and
>> make a profit.
>  From what I have seen, I can do nothing else but agree with you there,
> it's not just the software, they enforce rules on it all, and if those
> rules aren't followed they just don't support you. (i.e goodbye Linux
> partition on our CPT machines, one was formatted with ubuntu, and the
> RM engineer removed it because he thought that was causing the poor
> windows performance. -failing to notice it was set to download the
> users documents off of the server for each user that logged in.)

It's about time that schools took a stand - unfortunately what RM do is 
to contract with the LEA not individual schools, so schools get RM 
foisted on them by the LEA and there's nothing they can do about it  - 
no doubt with substantial backhanders to the LEA members.

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