Harsh Guidance In Romainian Education

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.

See Education ministry Romania endorses Ubuntu.

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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2 Responses to Harsh Guidance In Romainian Education

  1. ram says:

    Romania has an enormous number of Linux webhosting companies. Their IT infrastructure is almost brand new and their prices are low. I have several servers operating there.

  2. Mats Hagglund says:

    Perhaps the most important lesson is the same as in Munich: without political guidance countries, cities and towns will never successfully move to Linux/FLOSS. These moves are important, will take their time but will give enormous boost for societies and economies. Most of all a whole new generation have to learn to capitalize Linux/FLOSS. Even the idea of “free” software is more or less nonspecific for most of people even in IT world. Too many are still locked in idea of “there ain’t free lunch”.

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