[ubuntu-uk] Network support

Mike Carter mike at tyncan.com
Sat Jul 30 09:16:18 UTC 2011

On 30 July 2011 09:48, Alan Pope <alan at popey.com> wrote:

> Hi Mike,
> Welcome to the community!
> To clarify things I've asked a bunch of questions below.
> On 30 July 2011 09:31, Mike Carter <mike at tyncan.com> wrote:
> > I am setting up an educational training company and I
> > have been trying to get some help on setting up the network.
> Is this computer based training?
> What are are the courses in? - i.e. are they Ubuntu related or are
> they generic computer courses like "How to use office" or something
> more generic?
> Courses that have already been written in some specific format or
> something yet to be developed?
> By "network" I take it you're talking about a training room of
> computers with a setup people can just turn up and use?

* I am using a Learning Platform which is Cloud based so all courses will
run through that but I would want to give access to local resources. I am
trying out ESOL and TEFL courses, English and Maths. The centre will also
act as a facilitator for anyone wanting to hold events Computer based or not
so I will provide conference facilities including IWB.

> > The local
> > people I have asked for help have said I am crazy to want to base my new
> > business on Ubuntu and are advising using Microsoft products.
> Heh. Perhaps Microsoft products are in their comfort zone.

* Yes I think you are absolutely correct and over the years I have tried to
say to educationists that we are not Microsoft Trainers we are there to
enhance learning by using technology, word processing not Word, Spreadsheet
simulation not Excel skilled people. For me it is about transferable skills
using technology not merely learning Microsoft products.

> > The whole venture depends
> > on having access to courses and I really need some sort of managed
> system.
> By managed system do you mean a system to track student progress?

*I am looking at a Bespoke CRM system at present but again those who are
talking to me are trying to get me to use SAGE and add in the modules. Sage
only works with Windows so for me it is no good.

> > I
> > am willing to be educated in running the system but I will have enough on
> my
> > plate setting up and running the business. I am convinced that Ubuntu
> will
> > provide the necessary system I need I just need someone to guide me and
> > check that things work. If any one like a challenge then please get in
> > contact.
> >
> On this mailing list you'll get community based help. If you're
> looking for paid-for help with the project then I'd personally
> recommend these people:-

* Yes I have already sent a request to libertus through the website so I am
waiting to hear what they say.
I am really excited about the prospect of using Ubuntu and Open source
software to support my new venture, I just wish I had the skills to do it
but then in my view learning comes through collaboration and already I have
learned much from ubuntu-UK contributors.

* Thanks for the quick response

> http://libertus.co.uk/
> It's run by Alan Bell and Alan Lord (yes, lots of Alans around here)
> and they're both on this mailing list.
> Cheers,
> Al.
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Mike Carter
Managing Director
Tyncan Ltd.
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