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Old 03-10-2005, 07:16 PM   #16
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Thats seems like a good idea (to write a letter) but I beleive MS gave the school the OS and Office for free or at a really cheap price. I read somewhere that MS does this so that the children only learn to use their products. Therefore, when they look for jobs, the employers must purchase from MS or there will be no one to work for them.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 09:55 PM   #17
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That is true in some cases. In that case, you can make the argument that many companies and universities use Linux and Unix systems extensively, graduates of your school are at a disadvantage vis a vis student who may have had some exposure in HS. I concede that it's not as strong an argument, particularly since so much of the world is Windows based, but it is a valid point.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 10:48 PM   #18
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at the one technical school I went to in the computer programming area the teacher let the students use linux (but he was new). At the college I am at now I am taking a linux class and they turn off all network to the room whenever we use linux. And any computer that has linux will have the internet turned off for it unless a teacher is there supervise the students. All on some campuses they do not allow linux on computer in the dorms because it has server like qualities.
 
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How much money does the school district pay Microsoft a year for licensing? Think of the extra computers that the school could of purchased.

If someone is considering putting linux in a school, they may be interested in this earlier post.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ight=blacklist


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Old 03-11-2005, 02:37 AM   #20
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It may not be in contravention of the contract to use a Live CD version of Linux on any of the computers. Usually these contracts stipulate that you shall not "install" another operating system and since a Live CD version does not install anything it would be within the contract to do so.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 05:10 AM   #21
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Exactly where is your school ?

such a contract here in Australia would almost certainly be illegal.

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Old 03-11-2005, 02:56 PM   #22
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My school falls in the TDSB (Toronto, Canada).
I am starting to write a letter to the board. I will share it when I am done for more of your suggestions.
Thanks!
Kasra
 
Old 03-11-2005, 02:57 PM   #23
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Oh, by the way I'm not in high school .
I'm younger.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 08:12 PM   #24
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Well, it's never too early to start using Linux :-).

Also, Windows machines can run servers just as well as Linux systems. As whited posted, though, some admins try to keep Linux off their networks by claiming it can run all sorts of servers. This just goes to show that there are really some not terribly well clued in people in IT departments. I mean, if you want to keep traffic off your network, firewall it off for goodness sake. Or even run periodic port scans and disconnect just those machines running services violating site policy.
 
  


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