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Re: [school-discuss] Korea brings homegrown open source to schools

Phil Carinhas wrote:

On Fri, Jun 24, 2005 at 08:53:16AM -0600, Alec Couros wrote:

My only concern about instituting Linux into all these schools is that you are mandating now what teachers are expected to use.

You mean like how MS is mandated in many schools?

Yes ... that was my point. Any technology mandated in a school is a mandated technology. I don't think you actually read my post.

I think it's great that South Korea has gone ahead and discovered the
economic and technical benefits of Linux, and I think this will be really
interesting to see local support economies benefit from this as well.

Poor school districts can barely afford software much less hardware. For
them Linux and other free *nix systems makes a LOT of cents.

Are you just supporting what I said?

No, not at all. Linux and other FOSS is not going to be a mandate in most
circumstances, but a resource of last resort for those schools that can
not afford anything else. It may be a defacto mandate, but not an
official one. The real issue is whether or not they can afford the
alternatives as well.

I am not talking about MOST cases ... note this is about South Korea, where it HAS been mandated, and my original concern is that is IS being mandated.

Still, when technologies are mandated or institutionalized, innovation and
flexibility can be be hindered. What happens when the alternative becomes
the mandated, dominant force and the ONLY choice?

That is very unlikely to happen, at least with Linux and OSX. MS seems to
do a very good job of mandating with their incentive programs. I always
wonder why people make the arguments of FOSS mandating when MS has been
trying/doing that for a decade.

Unlikely because...? Can you see the future?

Yes, I actually can.

Not a surpising response.

-Phil Carinhas
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