Re: How to promote Linux: make schools migrate! (Agenda)
I really enjoyed reading your personal reply (this is saying thank you).
Sat, May 15 2004 04:40 wrote Timothy Demulder:
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> I support the views and ideas described in your mail, it's important
> to let the children see another operating system, to let the world
> know Windows isn't the only OS, but without proper explanation the
> children in the school I work for would think 'Linux' is Gnome.
I think your work at that local school deserves respect and can't be
> What I'm trying to say is that when it comes to children, I don't
> feel it's ok to just let them use an operating system, you have to
> inform them as well.
Well, of course you are right: Talking about "Linux" and omitting GNU is
incorrect, if you want to be precise. And yes, _using_ Gnu/Linux is one
thing, knowing about it is another. But the latter provides the first,
and my approach was to plea for supporting the usage of GNU/Linux at
schools. I consider this as a crucial issue.
If you are already supporting schools in this, there is no need to
convince you. But maybe we can recrute some more recources for
developing educational software -- and this is why this _is_ the right
list for this discussion.
(Sometimes I feel like my English prevents me from being more
P.S.: Not every school has its local "geek" to get debian running. This
is the approach of school client / server systems like skolelinux. If
you want have "ordinary teachers" to install and administrate a
computer system based on open source, check it out.