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 an un-install statement. The Ministry of National Education has made this request to the school inspectors”
The system licence with M$ has expired and the government is recommending that schools use GNU/Linux, particularly Ubuntu. I would bet many schools that neglected Ubuntu GNU/Linux notebooks would have a hard time even “uninstalling” that other OS. Does “Format C:” still work? Allowing a licence to expire and then issuing advice is harsh treatment for educators. This is about as abrupt as my conversions over the weekend but at least I was there to pick up the pieces.
Anyway, it’s a good decision better late than never. Most schools in which I have worked in Canada neither have the resources nor the expertise to do such things and will need help. I hope GNU/Linux geeks step forward, quickly, before some political compromise is reached. M$ never gives up.