Re: Report card far from accurate
Well, I am a teacher, and I am sick and tired of crashing windows trash in my classroom. Do you have any idea how much of a disruption windows is to my classroom? I can not rely on using technology in the classroom when I experiences crashes DAILY, sometimes. So much time wasted rebooting. I hate that BSOD so much I want to smash the computer sometimes. Further, I am so sickened when my students lose work due to these crashes and lock ups. My kids work hard and create some awesome projects, sometimes to lose their work to a crash, network failure or lock up. Disgusting...I so wish that all the computers in my classroom were running Linux! Stability, reliability, and you just can't beat the price!
Okay,...or OS X, as I have Macs in the classroom, too, (and I do love my little OS X iBook) where as the aged OS 8.6 macs in school lock up or crash almost as much as the windows trash.
To compare, I have been running K12OS or Redhat on my home PC,without a reboot for nearly a year, never a crash or lock up. I create the vast majority of my course materials using OpenOffice or KOffice tools, and I do all my webdev for my class website using this same box. although I code most pages, I also will use OpOf.org or Moz Composer to make pages for my class website.
Seems there are apps for school info mgmt, library databases, gradebooks, everything I need. And, the vast resources for science teachers are amazing (I teach LA), such as Kstars, Dia and GPeriodic. Heck, even just having KDict available on the desktops at school would be convenient. Oh yes! I nearly forgot (how could i?) just how much fun I had with students last year (different school) when I did install linux on a few older, donated Deskpros, and used the Gimp on graphic arts projects. I have been allowing a few students to work on their graphic arts projects, this year, on my iBook using MacGimp, too ('m stingy with the iBook). There is no way my school could afford Photoshop or other such tools, but Gimp and MacGimp are awesome and free!
One of the greatest plusses, IMO, is that my school will be able to keep current without the mercenary licensing practices of Gates to contend with. Right now, all my computers at school are running Win98 or Mac OS 8.6, because the school simply cannot afford upgrades district wide. That sucks! With Linux, we could easily upgrade every summer and have everything running smooth.
Thankfully, my school has plans to upgrade to OSS over the next two years! Seems we are likely to get BSD servers, Linux PC desktops. I'm praying for OS X on all the Macs, too, and tried to encourage a district wide grab for those free Jaguar CDs, but most of the teachers were to lethargic or apathetic about tech to move their butts, I am afraid.
There are very few things, IMHO, that a Linux Desktop needs to get the A (right now, I say B+). Cut and paste from one app to another, web browser to editor, etc., needs to function better. Multimedia support could be less convoluted. I would like to see Inspiration ported, but it runs with Wine anyway. Also, I would like to see burning CDs work better than my experience so far. And, a simpler way to run a db on one desktop would be nice, although there are Tora and pgAccess, setting them up, etc., is a bit tough. Otherwise...
I'm ready...Please remove this virus called 'windows' from my school computers!
You GO, Doug! I'll catch you on the lists...
My class site: http://bulldogs.school-library.net/