[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu beginners course in North Tyneside

Gareth France gareth.france at gmail.com
Sat May 5 18:53:01 UTC 2012

On Sat, May 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM, kpb <kpb at sohcahtoa.org.uk> wrote:

> On 05/05/12 19:32, Gareth France wrote:
>> So because we find something difficult we should shy away from learning
>> it, even though that's the way things are going to be from now on? Teaching
>> people to use Ubuntu with Gnome 2 is rather akin to telling people you'll
>> teach them to use a PC by using a typewriter. Unity is here and it's
>> staying, so anyone learning to use Gnome 2 will either end up using Mint,
>> or have to learn everything over again for Unity.
> Gareth
> Bea has done really well getting through the MS smoke screen in her
> setting. I think she should be writing it up for IfL or Excellence Gateway.
> I understand and respect where you are coming from.
> Email me direct off list if you want to explore the issues that face
> people in institutional education. I'd like to engage with you on this one
> because the more people understand the issues about getting open source
> into education the better.

> Oh please, don't misunderstand me. I applaud the achievement and I am sure
> it will inspire new users to make the switch and share the goodness. My
> complaint, if any, is with the established user's who've whipped up the
> storm in a teacup which led to this decision to be distanced from Unity in
> the first place. It's also a little disappointing that memory sticks are
> having to be used, let's keep our fingers crossed that over time this
> project will flourish and the powers that be see the benefits of using a
> full install. I'd see getting the go ahead to install it on even one
> machine as a major breakthrough, the management accepting Ubuntu's value.
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