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Re: [Computerbank] Preinstalled Windows: AARGH! I can't get it off!
At 09:16 AM 05/01/2002, romana wrote:
>If a PC shipped with Windows preinstalled, can you remove the OS and install
>Linux instead? Well, no, according to Microsoft. A somewhat obscure Microsoft
>site aimed at helping schools deal with donated computers flatly states: "It
>is a legal requirement that pre-installed operating systems remain with a
>machine for the life of the machine."
>the implications of this are, well, scary!
>if anyone can't get the rest of the article, let me know, i'll post it...
I posted these links the middle of last month:
http://slashdot.org/articles/02/04/18/1623240.shtml?tid=109 and the
Microsoft page at http://www.microsoft.com/education/?id=DonatedComputers
on LUG and various educational lists and after much *discussion* it was
decided that it was an exercise in FUD and "to keep on installing Linux" :)
One comment that made me stand up and take notice, was that the largest
range of educational software still requires Microsoft. Not a surprise, but
it did get me thinking further about computing education. Not forgetting
that educational software is used as a tool to assist in the learning of
other subjects, e.g. reading, one of the thoughts that I did have was the
feeling that we are not using computers in schools to teach the principles
of ICT, but providing Microsoft training.
I do know of some open source educational software, but it's a case of
making it known to educators and teachers. One of the reasons why I
participate in the OpenOffice.org community is that it is cross-platform
and provides me the opportunity to talk to people and organisations that
would not otherwise be aware of Open Source software and the enveloping
Educational software may be an area to target with Linux AND Windows
versions. Eventually, educators using Windows will realise that they can
use their *applications* in an alternative environment that does have the
fuss with licenses and their associated costs. Many schools and their staff
are looking for ways to obtain good educational tools for their students,
and many are found by asking around their colleagues. Unfortunately, the
education department provides the infrastructure and it is very difficult
to take the road less travelled.
All the best
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