Schools Love GNU/Linux II

Chuckle. Repeatedly commentators have told us that GNU/Linux is crippleware and an insult to students yet schools keep using it on PCs and winning, big time. They save money.“By switching to Linux, incidents such as computer viruses, system degradation and many diverse technical issues disappeared instantly. The change also helps the school save money. Not having to purchase licences for proprietary operating systems, office suites and anti-virus tools has already saved about EUR 35,000 in the 2014-2015 school year”
 See School: open source reduces PC troubleshooting
They get more IT. They get better IT. FLOSS gives them all this with less effort. I love it.

The consequence, the real payoff, is that schools that use GNU/Linux end up doing more with computers in education, not less, and they have the resources and flexibility to do a much better job of educating students and preparing them for a society where IT is everywhere. Face it. It’s just a better way to do IT with computers than shuffling dead trees around. Having great software that you can run, examine, modify and distribute is just better for schools. Compare M$’s EULA with the GPL and see what I mean. M$’s EULA is about preventing schools from using PCs, networks and servers to maximum benefit while the GPL does just the opposite. Schools using GNU/Linux are limited only by their imaginations, not M$’s greed.

See also, ‘less’ is more than ‘more’ – Interview: Migrating a school from Windows XP to Ubuntu 14.04

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 Schools Love GNU/Linux II

  1. dougman wrote, “The point is actually learning how the OS works vs. pointing and clicking options. With Linux, all the configuration files are text based and open for anyone to review.”

    I can honestly state The Little Woman has been using GNU/Linux for years and never seen a configuration file. Many distros are quite usable by default with the settings created at installation. I and others tweak things to override defaults but that’s not really necessary. For instance, here, I set up a print server. I could have left CUPS run by default on the client machines to avoid that but it uses fewer resources in total to have one print server for many clients. Still, the same guy who created a print server can configure the clients so it’s not a concern for the typical user.

    A better reason to recommend configuration files is not that users can tweak things but that there is no damned registry which is often scrambled in TOOS. In Debian GNU/Linux, for instance, it is a violation of policy that any package should tweak the configuration or files of another package. Problem solved. Messed up registries used to be the same order of magnitude of problem as malware with XP.

  2. dougman says:

    The point is actually learning how the OS works vs. pointing and clicking options. With Linux, all the configuration files are text based and open for anyone to review.

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