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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. I do not care whether my solution is the same as yours. I like to think for myself.
My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. I have been blessed by working in schools where students and school systems have benefited by good, modular software easily installed in most systems.
I have shown GNU/Linux to thousands of students and hundreds of teachers over the years and will continue in some way doing that until I die in spite of the opposition.
Tag Archives: education
While all over the world we see more or less cautious adoption of GNU/Linux on the desktop,Top 7 Desktop OSs in Uruguay from Q3 2008 to Q2 2015. Uruguay is an outlier. For the last few years, Q4 has been … Continue reading
It’s about time. Schools at all levels have been promoting non-Free software from the likes of M$“last year, the Hungarian government decided to promote the use of EuroOffice and ODF in schools and universities. “It is an important policy change … Continue reading
In WWII, Malta served as an aircraft carrier for Britain. It was pounded by Italian and German forces but survived to help greatly in the fight against Rommel in Africa. There’s another war going on in Malta today and the … Continue reading
Malta is one of those places where the small size allows one to see significant migrations to GNU/Linux desktop in their full glory. Notice the ascendance of GNU/Linux in the same week that school started that year. The peak usage … Continue reading
France has been a leading adopter of FLOSS for years. France was the home of Mandrake GNU/Linux. The French government has used FLOSS itself and distributed FLOSS to students. They’ve even promoted FLOSS in the colonies. All that was just … Continue reading
Every user of GNU/Linux either has it imposed on them by some higher power or has an “AH HA! moment”.“This is pretty cool. Can I keep it, please?See Zorin OS: Can I keep it, please?.” I’ve both seen the “Ah … Continue reading
Yes. For years my business was education, K-12. I switched to GNU/Linux because that other OS would not work for me and my students: refusing to boot, re-re-rebooting, picking up malware, slowing down, freezing, etc.“A few days ago in the … Continue reading
There are two myths about GNU/Linux on the desktop that I’d like to dispell: You can’t find it on retail shelves, and you can’t use it for work. India has disproved both. This graph derived from StatCounter shows that GNU/Linux … Continue reading
This was exactly my experience with XP in remote northern schools in Canada.“In comparing the use of Linux to Windows 7 on the same hardware, the kids overwhelmingly preferred Linux for speed, look and feel, and general stability. Although our … Continue reading
Ever seen one of those “prisoner of war escapes” movies?“To adjust my OS to fit my needs, and NOT to adjust my needs to fit the software I’m using.” All kinds of emotions and motivations overlap until someone takes terrible … Continue reading
GNU/Linux desktop page-views keep growing every week in India. It’s just amazing to see this growth. Apparently there is a steady supply of GNU/Linux desktops on retail shelves. Nothing else explains this pattern. It’s not a roll-out. It’s a flow … Continue reading
Now that we’ve pretty well figured out that the huge “Unkown” thing in StatCounter‘s “desktop” OS category is closely related to Android/Linux, this graph makes sense. Some people in Canada are hooking up Android/Linux systems to big screens. GNU/Linux is … Continue reading