Computers For Schools Speaks

I received a reply to my e-mail responding to Industry Canada’s evaluation of CFS. Included is this gem:
“Over the years there has been very little requirements for the Linux operating system to be installed on CFS computers. All request we currently receive require that we install Windows 7 as the operating system, we stopped using Windows XP last year. We only install the software our clients request and to date it has only been Microsoft products.”

Well. When I was teaching at my last school we had already converted to GNU/Linux when we made the first of two requests for batches of 20 CFS PCs. I asked them for GNU/Linux and they said they don’t do that. I had to re-image the machines, not a huge chore but wasted effort by CFS and myself. Can education afford to waste manpower on supporting that other OS? I don’t think so. Again, if CFS doesn’t offer GNU/Linux how do they know there is no demand? It’s just like retail shelves stocked with nothing but M$’s OS. How is the retailer to know they have choice? I took the trouble to contact CFS Manitoba to request GNU/Linux. How many computer teachers would do that?

Here‘s the current application form for CFS Manitoba. Nothing at all about choice of OS…

Challenges remain, even in retirement, more windows to close.

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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