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Re: [school-discuss] Talking Linux in School is a Serious Blunder!

I disagree.  And I agree.
While you are correct in your essential analysis that the direction of Open Source and the direction of Linux (as a trademark) are two different directions, there is no need to make them mutually exclusive.  It is true what you say for example about "the kitchen sink" versus simplicity.  But the advantage of the kitchen sink is that it is at this point an easier setup/install to replicate the expected equivalent functionality of Windoze desktops.  Emphasis on the word "expected" because that refers to the expectations of the educator who would be won over to Open Source in general.  And need I actually have to say that Windoze (functionality) is the expectation!
Now having said this, I agree completely that where the focus should be for Open Source in education is where you are advocating.  Word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database carry us only so far.  Developing education-specific software driven by educators is clearly an enterprise whose time has long since arrived.  I applaud your effort.  The kitchen sink can then be phased out.
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Sent: Friday, March 04, 2005 1:15 PM
Subject: [school-discuss] Talking Linux in School is a Serious Blunder!

I think that it is a major blunder to view any rational thrust into the schools adaptation of Open Source as a Linux initiative.  Especially when schools, who are goal and objective driven, must sift through thousands of duplicatory packages, many of dubious quality,  that comprise what I call the "kitchen sink" distros such as Redhat, Suse, Mandrake and Debian.  We must, instead look at open source as a collection of tools to bbe selected from the perspective of the teachers and admins.  We must produce an Educational System which is based on a minimalist, goal driven philosophy.  FreeBSD would work equally well in schools, and it has a more rational license.  I am collecting papers for an edited books on Transforming Schools Through Goal Driven Open Source Software.  Any educator, or professional who can produce any contribution to this title would be welcome to submit.  Thanks you.

 Michael Dean, CEO
SourceView Corporation
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