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[school-discuss] Do we need a text-book for GNU/Linux?

Some inputs from a debate originating in India. FN


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 00:20:10 +0530
   From: Frederick Noronha <fred@bytesforall.org>
Subject: Working on a text book for schools (URL - http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/demo-schools/)

 URL             :  http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/demo-schoo
 Demo@Schools - Summary
    This project is not part of the GNU Project.
    The [27]Demo@Schools project aims at promoting Free Software to
    educational institutes in India.
    The projected started with the aim of demoing Free Software to
    Matriculation schools in Tamilnadu primarily because these schools had
    a 'Free' syllabus. A syllabus that each individual school decides. We
    thought it would be useful to convince these schools to teach Free
    This repository would be mainly used in writing such textbooks. We
    would also be using this repository for a variety of our activities
    such as preparing posters, presentations, etc.,.
    License: [28]GNU Free Documentation License
    Registration Date: Oct 31, 2002
    Development Status: 1 - Planning
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Message: 2
   Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 19:50:35 -0600
   From: "Daryl Martyris" <dmartyris@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Working on a text book for schools (URL - http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/demo-schools/)

Hi Fred,

I'm not sure what the point of having a Linux text books for Goa schools is? As you know, the ACES textbooks which are mandatory by the way, cover basic Windows operations a well as MS office. The same books are used even with our Linux PC's with the teacher pointing out the minor differences to the students.

So, IMHO if a text book is needed at all, it needs to be a Linux version of the same textbook. It's pointless debating whether it is a good textbook or not - the fact is that it is the only one that can and will be used. Any takers for a translation project?



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