Re: How bandwidth requirement could be reduced when using thin clients?
Knut Yrvin wrote:
In Norway the the Norwegian Competition Authority has instructed the
Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education to support open
standards in education. The Directorate are also investigated for
supporting Microsoft by flooding schools with free copies of
software behemoth Microsoft's programs. In a meeting with Skolelinux
1th of september the Directorate promised to give 100% support to
schools that uses Skolelinux. So the tables has turned. They who don't
support free software has to explain them self to the Competition
Authority. They who recomended us to take contact with the Competition
Authority was the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Theres a similar investigation in the UK, with the Microsoft in Schools
agreement coming under scrutiny, but TBH I dont see much coming of it
for years yet. As the powers that be are quite content to buy 2003
server at £60 a go, were using the approach of 'Teach Computing, not
When it comes to user evaluation of Skolelinux, The municipal department
of education in Oslo has tested Skolelinux at three schools. They
report the same as Statskonsult that says:
Skolelinux is a good product for the schools, satisfying all
of the main needs of the schools. It is inexpensive, stable and
can be used together with varous learning platforms and
learning portals. Using thin clients, Skolelinux in a
school environment is less expensive to acquire and
operate than different Windows versions.
According to our evaluation, Skolelinux is well suited for
use in the school.
I'd be very interested to hear how you handled the training issues with
the staff, this has been our major sticking point with the adoption.
On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament],
'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the
right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of
confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.