Another Canadian School Division Does IT the Right Way – GNU/Linux and Thin Clients

I have long advocated GNU/Linux plus thin clients be the keystone of IT in schools. There are lots of advantages:

  • easy, centralized control of all software and hardware,
  • easy and quick software updates,
  • less money spent on licensing software,
  • improved performance because of the superior hardware (storage, memory, CPU and networking) on servers,
  • FLOSS licensing, particularly the GPL, makes it easy to respect copyright while having very flexible IT, and
  • significant savings on hardware and power consumption.

A bunch of these are mentioned in an article by BC Hydro, but they mostly emphasize reduced power consumption because slowing the growth of electrical energy demand reduced capital outlay for the utility, and preserves the environment. PCs from a few years ago used 100W+ but a modern thin client can run at about 40W.

This is a good news story for FLOSS and education.

see BC Hydro – Saanich schools save big with diskless computers.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Another Canadian School Division Does IT the Right Way – GNU/Linux and Thin Clients

  1. You’re welcome, Gregg.

  2. Gregg Ferrie says:

    Thanks for the note Robert. Its really appreciated. We have worked hard for over 3 years now implementing Linux and open source software in our school district but now over 7500 children and approximately 750 staff are using programs like LibreOffice, Firefox/Chrome and other programs. It hasn’t always been easy but we have great support from the executive, board of trustees and great IT staff.



  3. kozmcrae says:

    More good news for FLOSS and the Cult of Microsoft can’t take it. Ha, ha ha ha ha. Ha, ha ha ha ha.

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