Edubuntu – Educational-focused Ubuntu

“Edubuntu aims to be an [WWW] Ubuntu version suitable for classroom use. The aim is to deliver a turnkey solution that enables time-poor educators with mid-range technical skills to set up a computer lab and/or establish an online learning environment with as few clicks as humanly possible, then administer that environment without having to significantly expand their technical skills. Centralized management of configuration, users, and processes together with facilities for working collaboratively in a classroom setting are its principal design goals. Equally important is the gathering together of the best available free software and digital materials for education under one distro”

What a great idea! ๐Ÿ˜€

Using Ubuntu, and Linux in general, in schools are a wonderful idea, open learning is the way to go. Say you have an IT class at a school, I believe the ways of free software is the absolutely best way to go, that allows students to learn about, and control, the technology they’re using.
It would also extend the life time of the computers a school purchases, Linux can always be scaled down to fit your requirements, take SUSE 9.3 for example, you can always remove KDE and install the light weight XFCE if you want to.
My previous school has about 26 computers running Windows XP and about 32 running Windows 95/98, and the main server is running Windows NT. Except for the Windows XP machines, Microsoft will end support for all the other machines completely very soon, if they havn’t already. Instead of purchasing brand new machines in order to handle Windows XP, they could just go to the internet, and get a copy of Ubuntu Linux, and throw that on the machines.
This way the school will save tons and tons of money, and they will have access to a free market of support for the operating system, if they aren’t satisfied with one support provider, they can go to another and not be forced to upgrade just because Microsoft doesn’t want to support Windows 98.
Another great reason to use Linux in schools is that the students will have so much more freedom to learn about computers, if they want to, and if they like the computer environment at school they can have it at home too.

There is so many good reasons to use Linux in educational institutions, what are we waiting for???

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Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.5 Released

“Thunderbird 1.0.5 is a security and stability update that is part of our ongoing program to provide a safe Internet experience for our customers. We recommend that all users upgrade to this latest version. The Mozilla Foundation provides Thunderbird for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.”

It sure has been a while since Mozilla last released an update for Thunderbird, but what the heck, better late than never! ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you use SUSE Linux Professional, you can find updated RPMs at ftp.suse.com

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Microsoft Products on Linux?

“Microsoft has indicated that some of their products may be ported to run on other operating systems such as Linux in the near future.”

Microsoft software on Linux? That’s just scary, that’s like saying “New crab software on Linux”.
But seriously, I still don’t believe Microsoft will develop applications for Linux, I think it would be like surrendering for them. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Speed of “Macintel” developer systems impress developers

“The speed of Mac OS X running on Intel hardware, is impressing some developers who’ve been privy to one of Apple’s first Intel-based developer transition systems.”

Oh boy, I can’t wait until Mac OS X for Intel gets cracked so it can run on AMD64 systems. ๐Ÿ˜€

Also, I know that many the slow web browsing on OS X has annoyed many Mac users for a long time, so it’s gonna be great for them that it’ll soon come to and end! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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