On Sun, 17 Oct 2004, Aidan Delaney wrote:
> (2) is a problem for a lot of software that schools have purchased. Im
> talking about the Macromedia Flash type software games that they buy on
That's interesting, "Flash type software" - are you saying a lot of
these things are flash based? That makes proposed use of Linux an
/easier/ fit than otherwise, given that Flash is cross-platform
(though, the *nix flash plugin appears to have massive performance
problems compared to the windows version).
Another selling point might be the availability of free software in
common fields of computer applications, eg CAD (QCAD), print layout
(Scribus?) and image manipulation (the GIMP). You'd more than likely
run into the obstacle of "but they're not $BRAND_NAME package" -
however work-a-like software with which students can at least learn
the concepts is surely better than no software at all (I doubt most
schools could afford the popular commercial windows packages -
certainly not AutoCAD).
You'd also likely run into "yes, but the teachers dont know these
things", but then even if they dont but if the software is there, at
least those (few?) interested students can tinker and learn some of
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