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Re: Why did Skolelinux choose a KDE desktop back in 2001?

Hi all,

El Domingo, 3 de Diciembre de 2006 23:06, Knut Yrvin escribió:
> Søndag 03 desember 2006 21:11, skrev Andreas Tille:
> >  I just stumbled about an article here that said "KDE is great"
> >  but the link to prove this was just telling "Linux is great" in
> >  my opinion.
> Yes. Your right.
> The article is desktop neutral, focusing on the +fifty educational
> programs[1] pre-installed with k12ltsp.org. The author also gives
> credit[2] to the teams of folks writing the many tools and
> applications for the KDE desktop:
> 1. http://reallylinux.com/images/k12preinstalledapps.jpg
> 2. http://reallylinux.com/docs/linuxforkids.shtml
> > I just wanted to correct the subject on the previous mail that
> > was not perfectly choosen, IMHO.
> My worry is the same as yours. Getting wrong focus on usability, ignite
> a flame war, alienating a lot of users. With great powers comes great
> responsibilities. One of them is to be humble, and promote a healthy
> competition when developing the school desktop.
> One of the most important issue is to keep the memory requirement low.
> Some Linux distroes don't care. SuSE Novell recommends 512 MB RAM.
> With Debian 128 MB RAM is more than enough[1] on a standard desktop with
> KDE, GNOME or Xfce. With Debian 3.0 (woody) 128 MB RAM was sufficient
> when running backported OpenOffice.org 1.0. Today OpenOffice.org 2.0
> and Firefox requires 258 MB RAM to run nicely on Linux. It's the same
> same system requirement with Windows 2000/XP 5-6 years ago.

In the Canary Islands, the new windows XP SP4 with Antivirus, MSOffice, 
Firefox and the IriScene Agent they are deploying with mEDUXa (with dual 
boot), do not works on Dell 240 and 260 (with a PIV 2.4 and 2.8 GHz. and 128 
MB RAM). There more than 6000 of those computers here that have to choose 
between installing mEDUXa (kubuntu based distro) o keeping the windows 
unupdated. mEDUXa works fine in 128 MB except when using OpenOffice (firefox 
works quite slow). We are studying to include Koffice for those machines.

> 1. http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch03s04.html.en
> In my book Microsoft deliberately ditched Debian when comparing memory
> usage[2] on Linux desktops. Debian is the second biggest Linux distro,
> and breaks the commercial/non-commercial rhetoric from Microsoft. My
> sources tells that Microsoft don't talk about commercial free GPL-ed
> software. Then they must address the reall business issues. By
> addressing real business issues stated in GPL, Microsoft has no chance
> winning a debate, sale representative says. To characterises Linux as
> non-commercial and depenent on Microsoft patents, as they did after the
> Novell deal, they can stay in the game.
> 2. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1908912,00.asp
> Best regards
> Knut Yrvin
Agustin Benito
Coordinator of the companies that develop mEDUXa

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