[DRAFT for REVIEW] Canadian British Columbia's School District #73 opts for Debian GNU / Linux
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Canadian British Columbia's School District #73 opts for Debian GNU /
Kamloops Thompson School District #73, British Columbia, Canada, with 55
elementary and secondary schools, chose a majority of open source
software on Debian GNU / Linux as it is easier to maintain and in their
experience offers better support.
Dean Montgomery, network support technician and programmer for District
#73, gave an interview and told: In 15 minutes I can update
OpenOffice.org on thousands of diskless workstations. This beats cloning
proprietary Operating Systems (OS) hard drives.
Having used other proprietary OS and Linux distributions before, in mid
2006 they moved over to Debian GNU / Linux because it is significantly
easier to keep up-to-date.
We get better support with open source software: online wiki's, forums,
mailing lists, etc, are much faster and better to get support than
phoning up to a proprietary OS company and listening to someone read off
answers from flash cards.
Even older kids get their work done on Debian GNU / Linux. Once the
students see how much they can customize and tweak KDE desktop and play
with Beryl 3D (now Compiz-Fusion) desktop, they like Debian GNU / Linux
more than proprietary OS.
We give everyone FreeNX access to their Debian GNU / Linux desktop from
home so they can get all the same programs without having to install
Debian GNU / Linux at home.
Montgomery believes a crucial aspect of migrating to Linux or open
sourced based software is training. And that student kids learn faster
than others. If you don't know how to do something in Linux - just ask
the students, he advised.
Read the complete interview at this page.