Few companies have done as much as Canonical to put GNU/Linux on desktops.
- They have partnered with Dell to ship GNU/Linux systems globally and recently moved to open 1K+ stores in China and India, soon to become the breadbasket of IT.
- They have worked hard to make the user-interface easier for new recruits to GNU/Linux
- Now, they have a huge roll-out going ahead in Spanish schools. It’s one of the top two or three largest roll-outs of GNU/Linux that we know about.
“Canonical is making a big push into the educational system in, of all places, Spain. There, 220,000 Ubuntu-based systems are being deployed for students.”
I’ve written a lot about why GNU/Linux works for education. There are few if any lock-ins for new schoools and young people. Even schools that have used that other OS for years can convert their word-processing documents and carry on, perhaps over the weekend… It’s reliable. It’s cheap. Schools don’t have to count licences and they can send it home with parents, students, teachers and visitors. As a computer teacher it was so cool to teach students how to install GNU/Linux and then have them go forth and multiply. GNU/Linux is perfect for education.