Canadian Education

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

Thursday, January 31, 2008

So, seems the French police (and politicians) are also light years ahead of anything in Canada. They've already moved to Open Office (and saved millions of euros), and now will completely switch 70,000 computers from windoze to linux! :-)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Here's an interesting post about problems in U.S. education, related to 'new' philosophies being pushed into schools. Unfortunately, I've seen PRECISELY the same kind of lack of accountability and transparency, etc. in Canadian (supposedly public) schools, "venture philanthropy", "volunteer tourism (e.g. trips to Africa to (half) build schools, for a handful of (usually elite) students (from donations from poor students), but lots of time for visits to animal reserves, safaris, etc. are allocated huge sums of money(with ZERO accountability/transparency), while needy children/programs are left wanting, shutdown, etc. Sometimes known as philanthrocapitalism...catchy, eh? Quite frankly, it is appalling that children on reserves are living in unbelievable conditions, and ignored, while programs to send a 'small group of students to third world countries to tour (but using the excuse 'we're building a school, etc.' is an example of these unaccountable practices.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Well, here's another 13,000 government computers (in Germany) that have made the intelligent, ethical choice: switching from Windows to Linux, of course! :-)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

For some fascinating thoughts and articles about the unethical business practices of B. Gates and his corporation, have a look at these eye-openers. Then ask why your schools are using unethical MS products when there are excellent alternatives that are being used in ethical schools. Nothing new under the sun, really. Just the usual corrupt politicians in bed with unethical business. But now it's invading education and schools as well.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Well, yet another health care software solutions company has seen the light! :-)
Check out Opus Healthcare, which has moved to linux.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Now if only we had a similarly competent group in Canada, we could be spending education dollars where there is more need, rather than sending it to B. Gates and MS. Britain recommends schools and colleges, etc. switch to linux, open office, etc. Try to find out how much your school is spending (wasting?) on software.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

So, here's a multi-million dollar insurance and investment group that relies on linux for safety and security, etc. But hey, windows is 'the standard', right?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Excellent updated video about Userful systems on an environmental TV show! :-) Environmentally friendly, secure, stable, etc. I've used these terminals in my local library, and they put the kind of nonsense that goes on in environmentally unfriendly and extremely costly windows labs in schools in stark contrast. And a Canadian company to boot! :-) And of course, linux based. Check it out.