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

Chan Chung Hang Christopher christopher.chan at
Wed Nov 19 14:37:38 UTC 2008

Christopher J Combrink wrote:
> 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??!
Have you ever tried teaching a Grade 1 class where their desktops are 
different? This has got nothing to do with whether Grade 1 learners can 
get started on Ubuntu or whatever.
> 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
> people! 
I am sorry but I am not about to perform self-torture with Inteprid. I 
have seen enough reports to not want to have to find ways to work around 
bugs in services that are turned on by default or to otherwise fix things.
> 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. 
I guess you have a timeline for Sierra Leone? What is it? 20 years? 50? 
100? Oh, oh...let's not leave out China. What is your take on the 
timeline for any household/any income in China being able to afford a 
> For a 3rd world country in Africa, we're doing pretty damb well (thanks
> to legends like Shuttleworth).
Or maybe you have less of a culture of corruption in South Africa. I 
personally doubt the 'any household/any income can afford computers' in 
Africa or China being at all possible within 50 years.
> 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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