Canadian Education

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

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A perfect example of corrupt, unaccountable politicians in bed with a corrupt, unaccountable corporate tycoon. So, now Bill Gates apparently influences government funding cuts in Canada. As if he couldn't fund all of them easily!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Nice summary of current and future linux trends in education (i.e. growing like crazy! :-)). Although note that in the article, the author needs to be updated, in that in the Nigeria case, they will be staying with linux and NOT windows. :-)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Ya gotta luv it...German police want linux, not windoze! :-)

Friday, November 16, 2007

So, you want reliability? How about driving one of the Mars Rovers, on another planet? (Obviously, no tech support on Mars...:-)) So, of course, Mars Rover drivers use linux! :-)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Couldn't have said it better myself...(in fact, I've been saying this for years! :-)) Canadian children (with the exception of a few enlightened places) are being deprived of learning about alternatives, and what has become a world standard, linux, used in schools around the world! :-)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Well, it's no surprise to me that MS has been caught, yet again, using illegal tactics. Wonder how much the Canadian/provincial governments have been corrupted by this monopoly.
Meanwhile, on a positive note, there are open, competent, dedicated educators out there improving the lifes of their young students using FLOSS. :-)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Now here is an exemplary case of someone educating those who have been brainwashed by FUD(Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) over the use of open software. No less than the U.S. Navy Research, Development and Acquisition Policy site, educating the fearful about the advantages of Open software CMS (Content Management Systems). She did her research, chose what met their needs, was highly customizable and very cost effective. Bravo! :-)
And here is an excellent, extremely successful example of Open Software for health care systems: VistA (not to be confused with windows vista, which is a disaster...:-))

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

So, like, I did the's an article that says a typical US government dept., the U.S. ATF agency has signed a 2 year contract for $68 million for 7,000 Windows XP desktops. This works out to more than $9000 (almost 10 thousand) per computer!!!??! Worse yet, they may be 'forced' by MS to 'upgrade'. Heck, at that price, why not just buy everyone at new computer every year (or six months)!? (And buy a couple more for your local school/hospital, etc.?) I wonder how many boondoogles we have like this in Canadian/Ontario governments? But hey, there's no money for schools, education, hospitals, medical care, etc. Geez, now I don't have to wonder why. And want to know how we could save millions on health care, or divert millions to better health care? Check out this site on a regular basis: LinuxMedNews