On Tue, Aug 24, 1999 at 04:20:47PM +0000, Niall O Broin wrote:
> Gary Coady said
>> > But they are interested in Linux - they basically don't believe the
> > required level of support is available in Ireland though.
>> What is the required level of support ? Do they believe it's available
> for NT ?
> I'm sure that good support for NT is available (and God knows, you'd
> need it) but
> I'm damn sure you'll pay for it. When a school's box BSODs
> irretrievably, will the
> school have the money in its IT budget to have an expert come and fix it
The impression I've gotten is that firstly there's going to be a need for
facilities to train certain IT-savvy teachers in schools to a certain
level of ability. I'm sure they'd prefer not to have to call someone out
for every niggling problem. But I presume that yes, if the skills aren't
there in the school to solve the problem, they are going to have to get
help. Which possibly brings in the idea of the Dept of Education having a
team of people whose job is to fix schools' networks :)
I'm not sure if this is the case, but it would seem like a reasonable bet
if networking etc. is to become more organised in schools. So you have to
convince them, I guess, that teachers can learn to add users in Linux
just as easily as NT (http://www.openclassroom.org/ looks interesting),
and that they can (if they're going to do this) assemble a team of
knowledgeable people as easily for Linux as for NT.
Another thing: they still think Windows is the future - therefore it will
be extremely difficult to get Linux on client desktops. Lack of
education/multimedia apps too. And if the desktops are Windows-based, they
will probably think that since they need Windows expertise there, it'll be
easier to train teachers by standardising on one system for the server
So they would be some of the ideas we'd have to overcome... no problem,
Gary Coady - gary at netsoc.tcd.ie - http://www.netsoc.tcd.ie/~gary/
It might look like I'm doing nothing, but at the cellular level I'm
really quite busy.
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