Another School Finds GNU/Linux Desktops Work For Them

This was exactly my experience with XP in remote northern schools in Canada.“In comparing the use of Linux to Windows 7 on the same hardware, the kids overwhelmingly preferred Linux for speed, look and feel, and general stability. Although our school still mostly uses Windows, based upon the results of the experiment we were about to convince the school to allow us to continue using Linux on at least some school computers.” XP didn’t work for us. It quit working. It slowed down. It collected malware. It re-re-rebooted. Well, schools still find that with “7”. M$’s view of IT is enslavement. Schools seek enlightenment. GNU/Linux gives schools enlightenment.

Just read Middle school Linux user group gives computers to needy.

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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12 Responses to Another School Finds GNU/Linux Desktops Work For Them

  1. DrLoser says:

    I’m not surprised by DrLoser and oldfart’s comments. These kids represent a bigger threat to their established beliefs than just about anything. Imagine that, cowed by a bunch of school kids.

    I think both oldfart and I will be sitting on our nice fat pensions, earned through actual work on real viable systems (in both cases featuring Linux, lest ye forget) by the time these kids make it to the Big Show, matchrocket.

    In fact, unlike you, I actually want them to have every opportunity in life.

    Which is why I’m a bit narked that some loony from the local LUG has fobbed them off with decrepit rubble.

  2. dougman says:

    MOOOOoooooooo………

  3. matchrocket says:

    I’m not surprised by DrLoser and oldfart’s comments. These kids represent a bigger threat to their established beliefs than just about anything. Imagine that, cowed by a bunch of school kids.

  4. DrLoser says:

    See? The students like the GNU/Linux machines and preferred GNU/Linux working to that other OS not working.

    Happily, despite being somewhat disorientated (what with being either Hmong or Karenni), and despite being obviously indoctrinated by a fool from the local LUG chapter, these ten year olds were quite obviously able to reach their own, dispassionate, conclusion, Robert.

    I can accept that. It sounds entirely logical. Naturally you can provide specific metrics, on-site, to explain the wondrousness of the speed-ups and so on. And it’s nothing at all to do with a bunch of (in this case, probably temporarily) disadvantaged immigrant kids being handed extra stuff that the school district is probably too strapped to source properly. Otherwise, why would they turn to the LUG?

    Not at all convincing, Robert. Try a slightly more affluent school district in Minnessotta before jumping to this half-baked conclusion.

  5. DrLoser wrote, “your insistence on forcing broken crap on the most disadvantaged members of society, btw?”

    Having working, stimulating IT in school is not a disadvantage but an advantage.
    “With four Linux desktops in my classroom, it wasn’t long before kids really started getting into using them. They liked the fact that Linux was different, it was eye-catching, it was fast, and it allowed them to do school work even though they had broken their school laptops.”

    See? The students like the GNU/Linux machines and preferred GNU/Linux working to that other OS not working. BTW, “broken their school laptops” is code for that other OS quit working, what I’ve been writing about for years. Installing GNU/Linux fixes that kind of breakage.

  6. Rshack says:

    Meh, all the cool kid schools give their kids iPads.

  7. dougman wrote, “Schools are giving up on M$.”

    Oh yes. Schools are in the business of educating students not submitting to slavery. When that other OS was the only affordable choice schools restricted the number of PCs they had in schools to the point they were barely useful. With GNU/Linux almost any school can approach 1:1 PC:student ratio. Here, in Canada, most schools can get about 20PCs per annum for $0 or freight, so they can manage to obtain more than 100 PCs over five years for $0. The problem with that other OS is that a good fraction of those PCs won’t be working without IT-support. Schools don’t want to waste money holding M$’s hand to keep M$’s OS running. They’d rather use GNU/Linux or Android/Linux which just work for them. The money/time/effort saved can be invested in more hardware like networking or printing, useful stuff.

    After years of using GNU/Linux in my classroom, I was amused when applying for some teaching positions that in many wealthier school divisions than mine, teachers could not have any PC in the classroom… The issue was cost. A wealthy school division was larger and would be forced to hire expensive IT-support that ate into the budget for hardware, software, Internet access, etc. With that other OS schools just could not get to 1:1 so IT could not be used in schools in more or less the same way IT is used outside of school. Schools using WIntel saw IT as a cost while schools using GNU/Linux saw IT as a benefit. It was two solitudes. The folks I talked with had no concept of FLOSS running well on older/cheaper hardware. They could not think outside the box into which M$ had locked them.

  8. dougman says:

    Well Chromebooks are based on ChromeOS, which is a derivate of Gentoo and IS Linux, schools have been handing out Linux laptops to school kids for sometime now.

    http://www.svusd.k12.ca.us/Schools/MVHS/PDF/Chromebook%20Rollout%202015.pdf

    http://www.hsaeuless.org/School%20Documents/Chromebook%20Handbook%202014-2015.pdf

    http://www.iltexas.org/objects/2014-2015_Chromebook_Use_Agreement_eup.pdf

    Schools are giving up on M$.

  9. DrLoser says:

    Beggars cant be choosers?

    Not all beggars demean themselves on a constant basis, oldfart.

  10. oldfart says:

    “What is it with you people and your insistence on forcing broken crap on the most disadvantaged members of society, btw?”

    Beggars cant be choosers?

  11. DrLoser says:

    Hooray for the Canadian Educational Establishment handing out Linux laptops to kids!
    Oh, wait, it was some dweeb from the local LUG. The Rapture may have to wait a while.
    What is it with you people and your insistence on forcing broken crap on the most disadvantaged members of society, btw? Is it some sort of Power Complex?
    Try doing that to middle class urban kids, and tell us how well that works, Robert.

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