Grenoble Set FREE

“Grenoble, France’s 16th largest city, is committed to the use of free software. This type of ICT solutions facilitaties the sharing of knowledge, empowers citizens and institutions and helps to cut costs, the city said in a statement. The city also sees free software as one of the tools to increase citizen participation.”
See Grenoble commits to free software
Well, after careful testing, Grenoble is rolling out Ubuntu GNU/Linux on desktops and Debian GNU/Linux on servers in schools to replace ageing and inadequate IT. GNU/Linux works for them. This is a city-wide solution supported by elected officials and staff in the schools and businesses in the community. This is a city setting itself Free. It’s not just about money. The city has organized an “Install-fest” to help everyone go Free of monopoly on desktops.

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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5 Responses to Grenoble Set FREE

  1. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr missed this one you have no clue how Windows NT does file systems.

    The reality is if you want removable drives to be sub folders off drive c: under Windows you are perfectly free todo that.

    Even more fun there is a virtual file system hosting all the drives in the system in Windows NT. Yes windows NT as a equal to / under Linux. All file systems under Windows NT start from there. Difference here Microsoft has made the root of it all out of reach of user interface in most cases.

    Sorry Windows NT each file system on media is mount as a folder in virtual file system hidden from user. Windows 3.11/9x yes each item is a independent tree.

    The 24 drive letters in Windows NT is about compatibility not how Windows NT works.

    There is advantage to the Linux system two users are on a computer both insert a USB key and mount it. Guess what each key was mounted in a sub folder owning exclusively to each user. There are advantages to displaying what the internal tree is doing. Under Windows same thing you can have a case of magical write failures and other strangeness and other users applications messes with the key you are working with.

  2. DrLoser says:

    If programming is to be taught, Linux would be the most suitable platform.

    If understanding of computer programming languages is to have been gained, to whom might a prospective pupil most profitably have turned for advice in that potentially profitable avenue in the future, having commenced such a journey in what now amounts to the moderately recent past?

    Not, I think, you, Dougie.

  3. That would be just “Linux,” not “GNU/Linux.”

  4. dougman says:

    Chromebooks are what schools are buying these days.

    If programming is to be taught, Linux would be the most suitable platform.

  5. kurkosdr says:

    Just wait when the teacher explains to the kids how the linux filesystem works, where you have removable drives magically becoming subfolders of the hard-drive in which the OS is installed into. Instead, Windows treats filesystems (aka trees) the way they should be treated, as a forest, each tree with it’s own root.

    Sure, I think it was a bad design decision to have only 24 roots but, after you have used up all the 24 roots, then you have to do tricks like mounting trees as subtrees on other trees. In Linux, even a basic laptop has to resort to the “mounting” trick.

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