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Re: [school-discuss] Open-source alternatives


Maybe you can look at 

Best wishes,

Vedran Vucic

Quoting Aaron Tyo-Dickerson <aaron@tyodickerson.com>:

> troy@banther-trx.homeunix.com wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > Is anyone on the list using completely open-source alternatives in 
> > their schools? Specifically GNU/Linux and educational programs. I 
> > would love to hear of the combinations, types of software, server setups.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Troy
> >
> >
> >
> >
> Thanks for asking this question, Troy, as I have been meaning to join 
> the conversation with a similar inquiry. I work for a regional public 
> school consortium in Upstate New York and have been exploring FOSS 
> possibilities for our area schools.
> We currently have one district piloting several FOSS apps on their 
> Windows PCs. Their "shortlist" includes OpenOffice, The Gimp and the 
> Firefox web browser. (Not a very daring move by the standards of the 
> FOSS community, perhaps, but pretty fringe stuff for this region.) At 
> the same time, another school district has contacted me with a request 
> very similar to what you ask here: Can I take a laptop PC, wipe its hard 
> drive and then created a FOSS-only educational computer?
> While the obvious, short answer is "Yes, simply install any flavor of 
> Linux and then add some of the standard desktop apps (see the non-daring 
> list above) and *Presto* an 'educational computer'", the actual response 
> is "I am not sure." Schools have very specific needs and I have had 
> difficulty finding FOSS replacements for things like Inspiration, which 
> we rely on for graphic organizers / concept maps / idea webs. I have 
> searched SchoolForge and SourceForge and not found a similar product and 
> would love to know if there is one out there.
> Aaron Tyo-Dickerson
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