On Sat, 17 Feb 2007, Shane wrote:
> My attitude to this is that
> 1) The ECDL should be renamed MSCDL...that is MicroSoft Computer Driving
> License, as that is all that is taught. The first step would be to have
> Openoffice as the main application.
Microsoft certainly don't believe this. At least judging by the fact that
they are going around schools with an alternative Microsoft version which
-- needless to say -- is completely centred around their software. I know
of at least one school that has been tempted over along with various
licenses at zero purchase cost.
> 2) Schools should be encouraged to use a netboot/ thin(or fat)
> client/application server system, thereby vastly extending the useful
> life of the client computers. With local swap space, these clients
> could easily see a 20 year life, albeit, with more frequent blasts of
> compressed air to allow them to keep cool !.
Have you looked at Edubuntu or Skolelinux/Debian-Edu. A number of schools
in Ireland are using these right now.
> I look after the IT needs of 2 primary schools, but only one of them has
> any interest in deviating from the simplest route. They certainly, are
> open to trying alternatives. Is there anyone out there who could assist
> me in that pursuit ?
I help out in a secondary school which is using Edubuntu now for about
15-20 thin clients. If you want to come and have a look or whatever,
you're very welcome. Join the edubuntu-users mailing list and you'll get
help from several (myself included) there.
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