Category Archives: Linux in Education

Harsh Guidance In Romainian Education

After recent reports that schools were not using donated notebooks running Ubuntu Gnu/Linux, the government has issued an edict that “Schools are to un-install all software without a valid license and to confirm the completion of this action by getting … Continue reading

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Penn Manor – A School System That Is Maximizing ROI For IT

Penn Manor is a school system committed to 1:1 student:PC ratio. That’s important because without ubiquity, PCs are just accessories in schools. You can’t plan every lesson around them. You can’t eliminate a lot of paper-shuffling and waste. You can’t … Continue reading

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Disastrous Donation Of 1800 GNU/Linux Notebooks To Schools May Have A Silver Lining

A business donated 1800 GNU/Linux notebooks to Romanian schools but they remain largely unused. Some have had that other OS installed. According to one principal, “It is impossible for teachers to teach using two different programs.” That shows a spectacular … Continue reading

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Digital Strategy

In a white paper recommending that organizations large and small have a digital strategy, IBM leads with these ideas: “As of June 30, 2012, more than 2.4 billion people were Internet users.” “By 2017, it is estimated that there will … Continue reading

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A Bunch Of Reasons Why I Use The GNU/Linux Operating System

I just read a trollish/clickbaitish article, you know, one of those “umpteen reasons to use that other OS…” things. It was sickening. All the usual arguments evanglists of M$ use wrapped in a “user-friendliness” package with a ribbon were there. … Continue reading

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Smartphones And Other Small Cheap Computers Can Do it All?

Display Search has a blog entry about the future of computing. “How will the smartphone differentiate itself from mobile PCs and tablets, aside from screen size?” “What are smartphone makers working on to advance the smartphone revolution? How does the … Continue reading

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Schools Allowing Drug-Dealers To Operate In The Parking Lots

No, not literally, but figuratively, the generosity of many IT-companies to “help” schools afford IT is more about enslaving students to use and be locked-in to those companies’ products rather than choosing what works best for the students and teachers. … Continue reading

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Letter From Cyberspace

Out of the blue I received an e-mail: “Dear sir, 20140202 Thanks for your website. I much enjoyed it. Due to link from a Linux User Group, I visited your website. May I thank you for your informative reports on … Continue reading

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Schools and Public Libraries

When I was young, public libraries played a huge role in my education. Schools had tiny libraries, barely usable and overwhelmed by numbers of users. We just could not afford to buy a ton of books beyond a few door-to-door … Continue reading

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Finnish Schools Save Big With FLOSS

“Municipalities in Finland that have switched their schools to Linux and other open source solutions are saving millions of euro. Typically, our centrally managed open source computers are at least 40 percent cheaper than the proprietary alternative. The total savings … Continue reading

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A Fine Example Of FLOSS, Students and Teachers Working Well

“Many school 1:1 programs restrict what students may do and learn with their devices. Installation or modification of software is typically restricted, often draconically, to IT personnel. This common practice cripples learning and dishonors students’ autonomy. In contrast, our program … Continue reading

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APEC Legacy PC Market Shrinks by 10% in 2013

“IDC’s preliminary results show that the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market declined 10% in full year 2013 to reach 108 million units.”So much for an expectation of good news tomorrow in M$’s quarterly report… Asia is the biggest growth centre … Continue reading

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