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Re: [school-discuss] Talking Linux in School is a Serious Blunder!
On Saturday 05 March 2005 05:15, Michael Dean wrote:
> 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.
MS Windows has the dubious advantage of coming with naff-all by way of
software, forcing educators either to kitchen sinks like TUCOWS or to
spending money (and red tape) on software in the forlorn hope that
price is a guarantee of quality.
In short, the worst-case scenario is that Linux is no worse for them.
In Real Life(tm) the schools I have dealt with are happy to have the
choice and convenience.
> We must produce an Educational System which is
> based on a minimalist, goal driven philosophy.
Only if minimalism and the _same_ goals are the quintessence of every
education system you face. At which concept I laugh most heartily. (-:
> FreeBSD would work equally well in schools, and it has a more
> rational license.
OK, now I *know* I'm feeding a troll.
If the licence was more rational, and taking as axiomatic that the
selection is made rationally it follows that it would suit more people,
no? And does it? Is it?
I happen to like the BSDs but the hardware support and technical
community is significantly less available than Linux's.