Convincing a school district to migrate from OS X to Ubuntu or Edubuntu

Christopher J Combrink chris at
Wed Nov 19 13:59:50 UTC 2008

Well, I know that UCT (University of Cape Town) uses Ubuntu as default
in their IT Faculty. 

The commerce plebs still use XP though. 

There's no reason that Grade 1 learners can't get started on Ubuntu??!
The new 8.10 is so simple, even larger banks are rolling it out. The
fact of the matter is that Ubuntu is now (more so everyday) in the
position to stand against giants like MS. For the people, by the

Hardware components are getting cheaper and cheaper as we go.. eps now
with the new core 7i chips being released. In time, things will be
affordable to any household, any income. 

For a 3rd world country in Africa, we're doing pretty damb well (thanks
to legends like Shuttleworth).

On Wed, 2008-11-19 at 21:17 +0800, Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
> Christopher J Combrink wrote:
> > Macs are making huge head-way in South Africa. 
> >
> > As you say - they are popular amongst developers and also now,
> > Engineers. Stable. Powerful. What more do you need? (Personally, I still
> > love Ubuntu over OSX)
> >   
> It's not quite the same if you are talking about students. Developers 
> and engineers probably get plenty of leeway on what their desktops look 
> like. I don't think I'd be doing that for students...especially if they 
> are in grade school and you have to teach them how to use the computer 
> to spice up their homework/presentation/whatever.
> > Nothing wrong with a Mac running 8.10 ;) 
> >   
> Agreed on that. Too bad you cannot build a cheaper computer with the 
> same aesthetics.

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