Canadian Education

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

Saturday, April 26, 2008

An interesting discussion of Edubuntu used for home schooling, etc.

And here's another fascinating piece of software, called Open Admin, and it's made in Canada, by a Canadian! :-) Used around the world (except Toronto, which continues to waste untold millions of taxpayers money, sent to the US, to one of the world's wealthiest people...on bug-laden, crashing systems), it's my hope that it will receive more attention in schools, by open (as opposed to closed) school administrations.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Great news today! (for Brazil, not Canada, unfortunately). Consider that Brazil will be using linux for 36 MILLION of its students by the end of this year! (More than the entire population of Canada, which is about 33 million or so). Mind you, by 2009, they will be using linux for 52 MILLION students (they are moving to a one-to-one computer to student ratio, much like other countries(but not Canada...which has an appallingly inadequate ratio as poor as 1 computer for every 10 students (Toronto) or worse!) Meanwhile, back in computer-illiterate M$ Canadian schools, thanks to illiterate(and/or corrupt?) politicians, having wasted untold MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars on MS junk, with little access for students, etc...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Nice blog about how linux continues to improve and win more users. And includes an awesome video of the abilities of Compiz Fusion (requires a relatively advanced video system) But don't let that stop you from using linux (i.e. throw out those stereotypes and give it a try). I use a KDE desktop (usually) and it does EVERYTHING I want to do just fine, thank you very much! :-)

And of course, in addition to running the most powerful computers on the planet (check out all of the top 500 computers in the world run on linux...hmmm...does that tell you anything? ;-)) And now one of the world's most impressive projects, the CERN LHC runs linux in a massive network, (much like Google, I assume :-)). CERN, by the way, is where the Web (that you are using to read this...! :-)) was invented! :-)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Seems that over 50,000 French police computers are switching to linux. And Spanish education is about to leap far, far ahead of anything in Canada...over 500,000 linux computers! :-) Meanwhile, corrupt, illiterate decision makers in Canada stick with the status quo, hurting the future prospects of Canadian students. Are your students being prepared for the world, or for dependence and lockin by MS?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Dell will not only continue, but will expand its linux offerings.
And, of course, reliability which I found to be excellent to start with, just keeps getting better. :-) And Ubuntu continues to receive a lot of attention (although I personally recommend exploring or, for the adventurous, even making your own personalized distro! :-) So, is your school preparing students for the future, or the past? ;-) How about this story from a previous Windows MSCE who switched to linux?
Well, I'm off to do some translation work in Open Office. Oh, I heard windows users are being called thieves by Microsoft, even if their software was purchased? It's amazing how much more productive linux users are, compared to those wasting time with MS problems. Glad I switched years ago.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Yet another example of true leadership in the health care field. Hospitals that have switched to linux, allowing much needed funds to be used elsewhere. And current projections indicate that linux business will be in the 50 BILLION dollar range by 2011 (2007 level was about 21 billion dollars). And governments around the world are switching. And is it any wonder so many are switching, when MS has said that it is now designing windoze to INTENTIONALLY annoy you? So, are YOUR schools preparing students for these changes? (or are they still stuck in the past, struggling with MS junk, wasting time and taxpayers money, while the rest of the world passes them by?)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Well, even elite U.S. institutions are now teaching open source. But the head-in-the-sand bureacrats in Canadian schools are still locked in the past, wasting tax dollars, attempting to justify their incompetence. How much longer will it take for Canadian schools to catch up?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Seems someone in Australia is moving towards being competent. :-)
Here is yet another large school district switching to open source instead of MS Office, etc. And it is refreshing to see that there are some caring, competent people in the medical profession as well! :-) Read about the Open Health Tools( Tri-Continental Foundation of Experts, Open Health Tools, to Collaborate on Global Health IT Solutions) initiative, and the Gartner report showing that more than 90 percent of enterprises will be using open source by 2012.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Great satirical post, on changing from linux to Windoze...any of this sound strangely familiar to anyone? ;-)

Re:That was easy (Score:5, Funny)
by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 05, @10:29PM (#22976980)
Maybe you could help me. PLZ HELPZ ME!! I want to switch over to Vista but I'm having a hard time finding the apps to replace the things I use most. Every one says to use Paint, but it just doesn't do everything I like as Gimp does. Also what should I use to replace vi? I've tried notepad but there is so much to learn, all these menus and button flash... I'm just a normal person. I want to turn it on and have it work, not fiddle with all this license and fee goop. Maybe you uber geeks like all this msconfig nonsense, but for a normal user it's just a hassle. I spent two hours on the phone trying to get my Vista box authorized... until Microsoft can get a simple interface for installation like apt-get or emerge I really don't think they will find much of a market in the desktop realm! Don't hate, just my two centz!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

So, are you psychologically dependent on MS junk? Are you still being controlled and manipulated by Mr. Gates? Do the people described in this article sound like anyone you know? :-)

Friday, April 04, 2008

Well, it seems that even the blatantly biased, ultra conservative are beginning to see the light. Gartner has finally admitted that open source is taking over.
So, students who are not receiving linux in computer classes are definitely becoming more and more disadvantaged, due to incompetent decisions being made by misinformed politicians, administrators, etc.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Interesting new post by "Ralph":

For those wishing to eventually move to Linux and still keeping Windows for the present. Dual boot is the ideal migration step.

At the ,...dual boot is pretty common and they get frequent questions on what is needed for dual boot.

Whats new in the the open source front? A lot. Government agencies throughout the world have adopted open source migration and mandates. Countries who have been migrating to Linux include.

Who has begun the migration?

Japanese Schools May Switch to Linux (400,000 of them),...Brazil is next,...12,500 Indian high schools move to Linux,..Taiwan mandates Linux ready PC's,..Calif. school district aims 5,000 desktops at Linux,..Venezuelan government 700 HP PCs with Ubuntu and 150 IBM Laptops with Kubuntu,...NYSE undertakes IBM mainframe migration to Unix and Linux,...San Diego Unified School District selects SUSE Linux Enterprise,....Forty percent of German university students now have access to Linux,.....Athens Michigan Schools to Linux,....Bexley City district all computers to Linux by 2010,....

There is more......

Just recently, The Philippines has adopted Linux to be in 23,000 of its school computers. While 23,000 is a lot of computers that pales in comparison with the next story.

Joining the mass defection to Linux is Russia,and by 2009 three of its regions will be all Linux and the rest will be all Linux by the following year. Thats a lot of school computers.

Were still not finished....

South America is picking up Linux,..The French Police is moving to Linux,..The U.S. Army is moving to Linux,...City of Munich moved to Linux and the Netherlands is moving to Linux,..Australia moving to Open source,...San Fransisco Bay Area schools move to Linux,..South Africa moving to Linux (Would save them $352 millions in license fees)

While Microsoft has been trying to have users migrate to Vista, many government agencies begun to migrate from Windows altogether.

"A Monoply Shakes" is a interesting title, it should be more like "The Dynasty Collapses"... End of Slashdot post.