Canadian Education

A forum for discussion of issues important to the future of education for Canadians.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Microsoft is a major user of linux...but only MS junk is allowed in schools. No wonder we are producing more and more computer illiterates. Sigh. And corrupt school officials, sending millions to M$, while schools flounder for funds, thanks to M$ avoiding taxes that are for education...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As Spock would say...fascinating...

Appalling things going on in public schools, libraries, governments, etc.

Take a look at the cross reference pages here...

Turning school teachers into M$ PR agents.

Turning public schools into private businesses.

M$ blocking the use of linux.

...and on and on...

Interesting videos about freedom, etc.

Freedom vs. control:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

And just where are your electronic gadgets coming from, and are they made from 'conflict minerals'? Time for a change, much like the Canadian initiative, the Kimberley Process, for diamonds, etc. Check out the current state, and support conflict free mineral products, manufacturers, etc.
Conflict minerals

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Does reading this blog about an education system in Texas sound familiar? I.e. secret agreements with MS, preventing the public from knowing how many millions of dollars are being siphoned off to MS, while children are in dilapidated facilities, while the computer illiterate 'decision-makers' (and I use the term loosely), sign away millions, wasted, in contracts? Millions of taxpayer dollars, every year, down the drain, to a corporation that doesn't need the money...what is going on? Sure, just go ahead and try to find out how much money is being sent to MS from the TDSB for example...good luck with that.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lucky students in New Zealand are learning linux, and since they have the freedom to use and study any software, there are no limits or barriers to their education and learning about computers, technology, etc., as demonstrated by these students! :-) (Too bad students in Ontario are denied these opportunities...:-()

Saturday, December 04, 2010

So, want to keep up with the latest news on open source software, linux, etc.? Checkout these sites, Linux Today and Linux News, which post new stories/articles daily! :-)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yes, 1 to 1 computing...a computer for every student...spreading all over the world...but not in Toronto, or Ontario. No, the 'decision makers', brainwashed by a corrupt, incompetent IT dept., insist on wasting millions on obsolete junk tech, courtesy of MS marketing propaganda, etc. Ontario, the laughing stock of computer education.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Interesting overview of internet companies, by a French philosopher, in the Japan Times!?!! :-)
(A truly global overview! :-) Yet more reasons to switch to linux, etc., in the pursuit of freedom.
And here is an EXCELLENT discussion of why school boards waste millions on MS junk...
i.e. corrupt, lying IT departments taking advantage of computer illiterate 'decision makers'

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Great summary of the current state of linux around the world. Are your students being put at a disadvantage, due to a windoze only policy?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The largest school board in Canada, the Toronto District School Board, has a third world ratio of 10 students to 1 computer, while 3rd world countries are rapidly moving to 1 to 1, yes, a computer for every student. And check out Brazil, which has the LARGEST deployment of linux computers in education in the world: (324,000! compared to the mere 60,000 in the TDSB), and a Canadian company, is involved! Or how about Uruguay? Yes, Uruguay has given EVERY elementary school student in every school, in every district, in the ENTIRE country, a linux laptop! And now they are expanding the program to provide EVERY high school student in the ENTIRE country with a laptop. Meanwhile, in incompetent, illiterate Toronto, having wasted millions with little to show for it, students have to fight for access to a computer...sigh...

Friday, September 03, 2010

Interesting new website, providing FREE software for medical applications, etc. Also checkout: linuxmednews! :-)
Now if only our politicians weren't so corrupt and illiterate, perhaps we'd have world class, state of the art medical information systems, at REASONABLE cost to the taxpayers...
I'm such a dreamer...:-)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

So, want to see how a progressive education system works in terms of computer education? Check out Kerala, India...over 4 THOUSAND schools, 200,000 teachers, millions of students, etc. all using linux! (And saving millions to boot...) Then look at the appalling state of computer education in our system.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

So, if your school/board does not allow linux, and only allows MS, do you realize the horrors that are being done by enforcing the use of MS products in schools? Slave labour using high school students? Yeah, enjoy those M$ products...Warning: This link can be upsetting, due to graphics, etc.
Oh heck, just google "Microsoft China slave labour" and read all about it...sigh...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Here's a nice, current summary of the many, many places linux is being used...and begs the question: "Why isn't linux available and being taught in schools?" In my school district, it is due to the illiterate, corrupt decision makers in the back pockets of a certain large corporation with the initials MS...anyways, read it and weep that students have virtually no opportunity to learn about these systems:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

And then there are libraries, of all sorts, that have seen the light, and are migrating to reasonable, open source systems:


And is also quite active in this area! :-D

Sunday, February 28, 2010

And yes, people DO get fired for using Microsoft...just ask the London Stock Exchange's ex-CEO Clara Furse...who insisted on using MS for mission critical systems...and cost the exchange billions when it failed!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If you know of someone who has an XO from the OLPC project, especially if it is collecting dust, it can provide much needed assistance to children in Haiti. More details at:

And you might want to have a look at what this Canadian company,, is doing in 100 countries around the world, installing linux systems in schools and libraries! :-)

Not bad, eh? 30,000 schools using userful systems!! :-)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day! :-)
And Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger! Roarrrrrr! :-)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Well, please enjoy the holiday season...and the next time someone says to you: "...nobody uses linux...", suggest that they might have a look at this! :-) (Funny, I used to hear that all the, not so much! :-)) And as someone who has constantly been trying to teach computer science, using linux, as opposed to the 'educators' teaching student how to use MS Word and Excel and becoming dependent on MS and calling themselves 'computer literate', I couldn't agree more with the following comments: (The problem? Computer illiterate 'leaders', 'administrators', 'decision-makers' and all the other nonsense terms they like to call themselves...):

"Steve Lohr writes in the NY Times that the country needs more 'cool' nerds — professionals with hybrid careers that combine computing with other fields like medicine, art, or journalism. Not enough young people are embracing computing, often because they are leery of being branded nerds. Educators and technologists say that two things need to change: the image of computing work, and computer science education in high schools. Today, introductory courses in computer science are too often focused merely on teaching students to use software like word processing and spreadsheet programs, says Janice C. Cuny, a program director at the National Science Foundation adding that the Advanced Placement curriculum concentrates too narrowly on programming. 'We're not showing and teaching kids the magic of computing,' Cuny says. The NSF is working to change this by developing a new introductory high school course in computer science and seeking to overhaul Advanced Placement courses as well. The NSF hopes to train 10,000 high school teachers in the modernized courses by 2015. Knowledge of computer science and computer programming is becoming a necessary skill for many professions, not only science and technology but also increasingly for marketing, advertising, journalism and the creative arts. 'We need to gain an understanding in the population that education in computer science is both extraordinarily important and extraordinarily interesting,' says Alfred Spector, vice president for research and special initiatives at Google. 'The fear is that if you pursue computer science, you will be stuck in a basement, writing code. That is absolutely not the reality.'"

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

For an example of a nation that is rapidly providing an EXCELLENT computer education for their children, look to Spain...300,000 computers in just ONE region of Spain (Andalusia) in their schools, PLUS an extra 180,000 notebooks, all running linux. Compare this with the problems the Toronto District School Board has handling a mere 43,000 computers with a dismal 10 to 1 student to computer ratio...sigh...oh, and the region has saved over 180 MILLION Euros while providing this vastly better computer education system for their students!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

The OS wars continue...and linux is gaining ground! :-)

Friday, November 20, 2009

And the beat goes on...seems that linux has gained a few more percentage points to claim 90% of the world's most powerful computers...:-)
And we do indeed live in interesting times...:-) a new Android (linux) based phone has become available, and Google announced the Chrome OS this week as well! :-)

Friday, October 16, 2009

So, Uruguay apparently believes in educating their children. They have just completed providing a linux based computer for EVERY elementary school child in the ENTIRE country! Meanwhile, back in corrupt, illiterate Canada, politicans spend billions on 'consultants', (i.e. friends, relatives, consultants, lobbyists, etc.)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

And then there is the Aurora, Colorado school district, supplying their students close to 2,000 linux netbooks! :-) Meanwhile, back in corrupt, incompetent Canada, a billion dollars wasted and not even anything remotely resembling a electronic health care system. And one can find many, many competent, responsible IT France! And need more evidence of the incompetent, criminal governments of Canada, wasting tax payers money, when open source solutions exist? Take a look here. Includes ehealth report, etc., etc.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Well, more schools are moving to linux, open office, etc. And of course, the London Stock Exchange has finally made some intelligent decisions in that they are ditching windows and moving to linux, following competent exchanges, such as NYSE, etc. And here's an interesting article about new Dell computers, with an 'instant on' Linux bootup, and people are spending 70% of their time using linux! :-)
And then there is the Dutch police force, which has wisely chosen to switch to linux! :-)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Looks like there are going to be another 360,000 users of Open Office instead of MS office in the very near future! :-)

Monday, August 31, 2009 you know a 'Charlie Brown' user? ;-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Interesting new campaign to inform people about Windows 7, etc. :-)
Visit today! :-)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

So, for those of you who have, or know friends that have these MS things, do them a favour and get rid of them before they catch fire, etc. :-)
Xbox failure rate over 50% !!??!!...yep, similar to windows quality...oh wait, windows isn't NEARLY that reliable...:-)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Today's news includes the University of Verona moving 4,000 computers to linux! :-)
And here's a technical school in Iceland reporting huge savings on switching to Ubuntu, etc. :-)
Finally, a thoughtful blog from a retiring teacher, (I can certainly relate to the points she brings up) and other education articles (U.S. based)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Those lucky kids in Brazil...:-)
The Ministry of Education in Brazil is providing 26,000 new computer labs for about 10 million students in their education system...and of course, they're using linux to do it! :-)

And then there are the 50,000 linux laptops going to kids in Venezuela! :-)

Meanwhile, back in corrupt, computer illiterate Canada...if only a few so-called "leaders" and "decision-makers" would pay attention and make the same kind of smart decisions as Brazil, etc.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Well, this comic made me smile today! :-) Check out the archives, etc. :-)
And YES! At last, some people who know what they are doing, have been empowered, rather than tech illiterates making bad decisions...City of Edmonton is moving to open source! :-)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Interesting commentary by Carla Schoder about user habits, etc. :-)
And it appears that the fall is going to be a very interesting time, in the computer world...Google is working on, and will release their own version of a linux OS, Google Chrome OS, and it will not only work on the standard x86 platform (standard desktops and laptops), but with ARM processors (CPU common in mobile devices, etc.) as well! Thank you, Google! :-) Yet another slow but steady chipping away at M$. (Remember who won the race? The rabbit or the turtle? ;-)) Let the OS wars begin! :-)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

So, there is at least one competent, informed, genuine leader in the world, who is serving his people, rather than serving corrupt corporations. Apparently, the speech given by the President of Brazil, the world's fifth largest economy, is now available on Youtube. And then there is this article, with a wonderful quote from Walter Bender:

The next talk was given by Walter Bender, who took a rather different approach. He's head of Sugar Labs, the software team that broke away from the One Laptop Per Child project when the latter decided to put Microsoft software on its machines, thus ensuring that young minds were enslaved by Windows even earlier.

Indeed, it was evident from Bender's presentation, albeit quite low-key, that he believes passionately that children have a right to free software, for the simple reason that they cannot truly learn with any other kind.

As the Sugar Labs site puts it: “emphasis on learning through doing and debugging: more engaged learners are able to tackle authentic problems.” That is, free software gives the unique possibility of allowing students to explore and modify their tools, whereas Windows- based solutions are simply used as given, with little flexibility.

I think this is a crucial point that not enough people in the world of education grasp. For them, software is simply a dumb tool, like a pencil: you just use it. For Bender, it's something much more exciting: it is part of the educational experience. If a learner can't hack it, it's not fit for the purpose.

He also emphasised how important the Sugar on Stick offering was. This is simply the Sugar software environment provided on a USB drive that can be plugged into any PC, and run without affecting the latter:

Saturday, July 04, 2009 an unaccountable, undemocratic corporation controlling your children's education, getting them addicted to junk software, and unable to think for themselves, and dependent on their software drugs (the first M$ software fix is free when you buy a computer (actually, it's just included in the price when you buy a new computer...), corrupt school boards, governments, etc. Does any of this sound familiar to you? I.e. viruses, computer problems, etc. are good for business, bad for you trying to get anything done. Make the decision to choose freedom today, and start learning about the world revolution of those in the know, using linux! :-)

Friday, July 03, 2009

Well, it seems that the London Stock Exchange has finally come to its senses...and ditched both windows and the incompetent CEO that defended it. My guess is that they'll follow the NYSE, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, etc. who competently moved to linux YEARS ago, and have been chugging along nicely ever since. Comments in the article are especially enlightening...:-) Now if we could only see that kind of enlightenment in education...:-)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

As a very strong believer in the following quote:

A child's exposure to technology should never be predicated on an ability to afford it.

I work constantly to instruct people about linux. Sometimes, I've been punished for my views, by incompetent, illiterate power abusers (BTW, here's an excellent book about power abusers found in organizations, including schools, etc. ;-)). But like many others, I'll never give up. I've spent many years listening to the excuses and propaganda about why it can't be done, etc. Well, as shown by the many references on this blog, it IS being done, around the world, in all languages (more languages than windows, because MS considers some language groups, etc. "too small" or "not profitable, not worth the effort, the market is too small, etc.". In other words, don't let the nay sayers, and those who wish to exploit others, win the game! :-) Help spread the word.

Friday, June 12, 2009

And yet another huge, famous company is moving forward with linux...;-) Running over 30,000 desktops on linux! :-) And then there are the police in France, who have saved over 50 MILLION euros by switching from windows to linux. And they mention how all the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) about " oh, it's too difficult. It requires training, etc. " that I hear all too often from windoze addicts, etc. to be nonsense. Meanwhile, back in corrupt, incompetent Ontario...And want more references about competent schools, organizations, etc. moving to linux? Take a look, here for a sample. Especially note the "Related stories" links at the bottom of the article for more, etc. :-)