[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu beginners course in North Tyneside

John Bottomley john.bottomley at bcs.org
Sun May 6 17:26:14 UTC 2012

Hi reading your comments on introducing Ubuntu I thought you might be 
interested in our experiences of Ubuntu as a training medium.

We have been running a project in South Cheshire for 4 years.

The aim of the project is to support local communities by improving 
access to IT.  We run a range of activities including 'drop in help 
sessions, loan of recycled pcs and free internet access at both local 
and neighbourhood levels.

Central to our activities is use of Ubuntu, we have about 250 Pcs on 
loan all of which are Ubuntu based.  Many of our loan PCs are used by 
school children and FE/HE students for their home studies.

All our workshop PCs/Laptops (about 25) are Ubuntu based.

We expect to see about 500 people per month in our workshops held at 
community centres and rural village halls.

So we think we must have over 1000 people in the area regularly using 
Ubuntu from version 8.04 onward

We adopted Unity at 11.10 - customers liked it - trainers liked it.

We are currently deploying 12.04 - only comment we are getting is 'this 
is quicker'.

When we were designing the project we decided that Ubuntu was the OS of 
choice and that we would centre all project activity on this software.

Our opinion is that we now live in a world where Apple, Android, Google 
plus about 4 versions of Windows are in common circulation at any time; 
therefore users often use 2 or more different operating systems with 
phones tablets and PCs in common use.  Users therefore need to have a 
generic understanding and transferable skills rather than the ability to 
use just one software.

As an organisation with training as on of our primary functions we can 
definitely confirm the customer willingness to use Ubuntu as their 
primary learning medium

As a voluntary group we are very cost conscious and we are certain that 
without Ubuntu this project would not have been able to develop in the 
way it has.
Obviously licensing costs has been a factor in this but the savings 
through minimal repair time and no virus problems have been vital.  
Congratulations to the 12.04 team our upgrading to less than 2 hours for 
25 machines - best yet


John Bottomley

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> From: Bea Groves<beagroves at gmail.com>
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> Hi!
> I'm actually the President of IfL -- so it sometimes helps in getting
> educational bodies to do things they normally wouldn't ;-)
> I'm not against Unity. I just think I need to get my little bunch of
> 'pioneers' used to something closer to what they're used to Windows-wise
> than go with the redesigned (and controversial) UI. I've discussed with
> my group the possibility of upgrading the memory sticks later in the
> course, as and when they're feeling confident.
> On 05/05/12 19:20, kpb wrote:
>> On 05/05/12 19:00, Gareth France wrote:
>>>      I actually installed 10.10 (staying clear of Unity just for the
>>>      moment until all the controversy dies down a little) onto the 4GB
>>>      sticks using the Windows 'Universal USB installer'. Works like a
>>>      dream! Students plug in the stick, switch on the PC... and hey
>>>      presto! Later when we upgrade to a more recent LTS version we can
>>>      just reformat the sticks.
>>> It's a shame you feel pushed into ditching Ubuntu's biggest unique
>>> selling point. What Canonical have done with unity is amazing and I'm
>>> certain they're on the right path in the long run. It's just
>>> frustrating that people seem to have so much trouble ditching 20+
>>> years of UI baggage.
>> Hello Bea
>> Really well done.
>> Your experience has confirmed my resolve to run a couple of workshops at
>> the FE College where I teach. I'll probably go for freebie/3 GLH type
>> taster courses to begin with to test the water. FE Colleges get less
>> 'developmental' funding than adult education centres. I'll offer it as
>> staff development in June/July to begin with to see what activities work
>> best.
>> If the LibreOffice files for any of the resources below would help, just
>> let me know and I'll pop the dropbox links here. I guess you have lots
>> already for a 10 week course.
>> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8403291/1204-poster-4.pdf
>> Unity 12.04 poster for those who use 10.04
>> http://sohcahtoa.org.uk/pages/files/unity2dguide.pdf
>> Unity 11.10 guide aimed at Windows people
>> http://sohcahtoa.org.uk/pages/files/live-cd-quick-start.pdf
>> A Live CD guide.
>> Gareth:
>> My teenagers and 19-24 students can sort Unity in a minute or two when I
>> lend them my little 1024/600px netbook in lessons. The adults struggle a
>> bit to be honest. Would need an overview/explanation, but a 10 week
>> course would be great.


John Bottomley BSc MBCS
Beech Drive Community Centre IT Project
60 Beech Drive

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