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Re: [school-discuss] Discussion About Linux on Linkedin

Dear Daniel,

What we try to demonstrate to our students is that Linux does NOT have to be difficult to use.  We use Ubuntu as our preferred distro, and it is installed on the desktop PCs in my room.  In fact, I think the last batch of installs was done by some of my students.  The laptops the kids in our Linux club use run Ubuntu, and they also install Ubuntu on desktop PCs that we donate to needy families in our community.  Here's a link to the club's website:


Here is a link to a story local TV did about the kids:


Keep in touch.


Stu Keroff

On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 8:54 PM, D V <yclwebmaster@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I am amazed at how hi-tech children are nowadays. It would be interesting to see how many children out there use Linux at home, and of those children, if that is because the family uses it.

Daniel Villarreal

On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Joel Kahn <jj2kk4@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On the social media site Linkedin, in a group called International Society for Technology in Education, a discussion is underway titled, "Who else out there is using Linux in their classrooms?" Between the dotted lines below is one recent posting:


I'd be curious about how the end user enjoys working with Linux. Us
techies can overlook problems or make a random connection with a Linux device,
but I know there are teachers that would be completely confused.
Students would be confused as well, especially if there are
Chromebooks/PCs/Macs in the building.

The Chromebook is priced so extremely well, and it's so easy and simple to use,
that I feel it has beaten Linux to the punch in the education area.

I understand the software is free, but any time students/teachers spend
on learning the tech is time away from using the tools on the web and doing,
learning, researching, creating, etc.

I want kids to pick up a device and get going into the curriculum and
creation, not learning one of the 100's of Linux versions...

Am I being too harsh? Thoughts?


This should be some tasty meat for you evangelists to dig into. I look forward to seeing your responses.


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Mr. Stu Keroff
Community School of Excellence
Middle School Humanities Department
Asian Penguins Faculty Adviser

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