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Creating a problem and then partially solving it makes people believe competitors have the problem

Posted 10-05-2010 at 07:40 PM by William (Dthdealer)

I asked the staff of one of my local primary schools why they were installing new computers and throwing out the old ( a few years ) ones. It confuses me when their previous units are perfectly fine for the educational needs of primary school students, but yet they decide they need new ones. I was given a few answers:
  • To 'stimulate' the economy
  • The old ones were getting slower
  • Microsoft offered them an educational discount

I live in Australia, and I have never seen a computer that has been made locally. Everything is imported from countries such as Japan who have the equipment and technology to make the devices much more cost-effectively than we can. On top of that all of the software on them is American ( eg Windows ).

Perhaps I am missing a vital piece of information, but honestly this does not help our own economy ( which the aim of the statement ).

As any and every computer guru knows, computers getting slower is one of the unavoidable features of Windows. It can be cured temporarily by either re-installing the OS or permanently by installing a superior FOSS OS. You don't buy new computers when your old ones are slow ( which promotes a disposable society to children ), but instead you take the more cost effective and smarter approach of fixing your current equipment.

Finally the whole idea of Microsoft giving educational institutions a discount still is not in their favour ( disregarding Microsoft's intentions to get children growing up exclusively using their software ). Even though Windows costs a few hundred dollars a head, because it is discounted it must be better than a FOSS operating system.

Why? Well the FOSS OS isn't offering a 'discount', is it? It is almost as if Microsoft is phycologically sharing their problems but then being the only people offering a 'solution' ( that is still in their favour ).

A message to the governmental and educational institutions of the world: Please look at your alternatives before joining the next Microsoft profit roundabout.
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    I worked at a two year college for 10 years as a tech. We had to send perfectly good replaced equipment to auction. Broke my heart. Most of the systems could have been converted to pxebootable diskless clients instead of paying a fortune for thin clients they bought that were such a hassle. The IT management wore MS and Dell blinders.

    I have used ltsp at home in our private school since 4.x and love it. Originally we used p1's as "etherboot"able clients and eventually went to hp compaq evo t20/30's we bought cheap on Ebay. Saved a fortune in hardware costs. Everyone already should know the license cost saving of not using MS. (i.e. Not having to pay for terminal server, Client OS, MSOfiice, Backoffice and client access licenses.) You get nickle and dimed to death.

    The only good thing about MS is that people are brainwashed into thinking you have to have the latest hardware. Because people have upgraded to the latest MSOS, I have acquired quite a few good used computers for free. With ide drives no longer readily available, does make it a bit tougher though. We do get ide to sata converters as we can. If I had the money, I would set up an equivalent to an ISan and make everything gpxe/pxebootable to use iscsi or aoe.

    With Sourceforge and like sites, we have found all the application software we need from open source. Microsoft no longer required. Just my two cents.
    Posted 10-06-2010 at 06:03 PM by peonuser peonuser is offline
    Updated 10-06-2010 at 06:08 PM by peonuser


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