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1 cmw.osdude commented Permalink

I admit that I'm disappointed that this topic doesn't have more interest for people. I'm hoping to connect soon with a primary-level educator who has genuine interest in showing how open source can help drive learning about technology. When I do, you'll see our progress here and discover what an amazing difference it can make. <div>&nbsp;</div> Is that person you?

2 robinatw commented Permalink

I don't know how to understand this article ! <br /> Why make linux appy on primary school ? <br /> Linux's advantage on server, it's not destop.. <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>

3 cmw.osdude commented Permalink

@robinatw: I agree that Linux has many advantages as a server and should be used there as well. However, I just have to disagree that Linux doesn't work as an educational desktop, especially in a controlled environment like a school system. <div>&nbsp;</div> I've successfully run a Linux desktop for years, know others who have and have started people on a Linux desktop without a hitch. There is a plethora of freely available software that is designed for innovation and the file-based nature of Linux makes it a breeze to create a number of different configurations through login and scripting. (I know this aspect works well because I've done it teaching classes for Linux on POWER in IBM facilities.) <div>&nbsp;</div> I suppose the question is "Are we trying to teach technology so that students can understand how things work, or are we teaching them the trade of working with a particular set of tools by a particular company?" Personally, I think it's better to teach a student the basic concepts of "a spreadsheet" that will work in Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice or GoogleDocs equally well. Likewise with word processors and other tools. They should learn the basics of working with development, from basic scripting up to text editors and compilers and then IDEs. <div>&nbsp;</div> Kids could and should be learning about technology by digging into it as deeply as they are willing to go. Linux provides a wonderful environment where they can dig into all aspects of technology, without swinging a deal from the company to grant them access to software they can't normally afford. They would be learning about how all of this goes together and not repeated commercials about what they are supposed to buy. <div>&nbsp;</div> The argument is that the schools are supposed to prepare people to get jobs. Everyone I know who runs Linux on their desktop is a more capable admin with Linux on the server, because they do the same things in both environments. Look around at your co-workers. Are the ones who know Linux working in the mail room, or are they considered the guys who are deep into technology? <div>&nbsp;</div> Getting kids exposed to the raw technology of Linux would make them more discerning, more capable learners who can fish for themselves. Isn't that what we want?