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U of WO Student Linux Project
Monday, March 22 2004 @ 12:29 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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Education A team of students at Western is engaged in distributing one of the most powerful Enterprise level Linux systems available - free of charge.

The Ignalum Linux Project (ILP) student initiative is designed to give opportunities to faculty and students at Western to participate in promoting the Linux Open Source concept.

The objective in giving it away free is to promote interest in the Linux system which can save information technology costs for small to medium-sized businesses.

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A Computer Lab with No Windows, Part I
Thursday, February 19 2004 @ 06:15 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,847
Education From Linux Journal:

Sisler High school is the largest high school in Manitoba, with approximately 1,600 students and 120 staff members on campus. The school offers many computer courses at different levels, ranging from computer programming and office skills to vocational subjects, such as trouble-shooting personal computers, networking and advanced operating systems. In 2002, due to a letter from CAAST (Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft), the school spent more than $50,000 to make sure we had all the necessary licenses for our software.

I have been using and teaching Linux on both the high school and university levels since the mid 1990s. I have set up a variety of Linux servers for a variety of purposes: Web server, shell accounts, Java/C++ programming, routers, as well as HA (high availability) clusters and Beowulf clusters.

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Open Source Software in Schools
Friday, January 30 2004 @ 11:04 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,874
Education Over the past few years several school systems have decided for one reason or another to change from using commercial software to using OSS in their schools. Because OSS is released free of charge, this has had the obvious effect of lowering their expenditures on software, but it also has had many other benefits which are not so obvious.

Whether you choose to switch only one application to OSS or go all out, you will save money simply because you do not have to pay for your software. On one end of the spectrum, you can save about $161 per seat by switching from Microsoft Office to

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Resources for educators
Monday, November 24 2003 @ 08:08 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,654
Education While not exactly news, here are some advocacy sites which have very good resources dedicated to open source software in schools.


OpenSource Education Foundation:

The K12Linux Project:

Why schools should use exclusively free software
Sunday, November 09 2003 @ 01:55 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,520
Education From Newsforge:

There are general reasons why all computer users should insist on free software. It gives users the freedom to control their own computers--with proprietary software, the computer does what the software owner wants it to do, not what you want it to do. And it gives users the freedom to cooperate with each other, to lead an upright life. These apply to schools as they do to everyone.

But there are special reasons that apply to schools.

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Freeing Computers in Schools
Monday, September 22 2003 @ 04:24 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,515
Education From Linux Journal:

Riza is a four-year-old Indian girl who thinks of computers as toys. Instead of adding one more difficult subject to her already tiring school day, she occasionally plays educational games on the PC. When her friends come over, they end up learning without being aware of it. One girl her age, who's never handled computers before, drags the mouse. As she moves it across the mouse pad, the image of a furry bear jerkily is unveiled on the monitor. Another younger child dances to the music that a program called Bump and Jump plays, a piece of software written by a team of Swedish students. The best part is nobody paid for the CD the children are using; it's not pirated either. It can be run from any computer, simply by booting from the CD-ROM drive. The CD comes in a distribution called FreEDUC.

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The state of Linux in Maine schools
Monday, April 14 2003 @ 08:41 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,932
Education David Trask tells that Maine is not the technological backwater state that many might perceive. And Trask, an open source advocate and the Technology Teacher/Coordinator for the Vassalboro Community School should know -- he is helping lead the charge to bring Linux into state classrooms.

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Collaborative development of open content
Tuesday, February 25 2003 @ 11:19 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,961
Education Collaborative development of open content: A process model to unlock the potential for African universities by Derek Keats. Given the cost of content, the under-resourcing of universities and the scattered nature of expertise in Africa, the collaborative development of open content seems like a useful way to get high-quality, locally-relevant content for using to enhance teaching-and-learning. However, there is currently no published operational model to guide institutions or individuals in creating collaborative open content projects. This paper examines lessons learned from open source software development and uses these lessons to build the foundations of a process model for the collaborative development of open content.

Univ.Waterloo reconsiders deal with Microsoft
Sunday, September 15 2002 @ 03:03 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,621
Education WATERLOO -- The University of Waterloo made a mistake when it announced curriculum changes using a new Microsoft language before they were approved by various committees, said UW president David Johnston.

Students Say MS Buys Curriculum
Friday, August 23 2002 @ 04:19 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,425
Education WATERLOO, Ontario -- Students at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, upset over a CN$2.3 million partnership fund from Microsoft Canada, have charged that the company is trying to buy its way into the academic curriculum.,1383,54601,00.html

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