[clug] Linux on new school computers

Rodney Peters rodneyp at pcug.org.au
Wed Nov 28 02:48:59 GMT 2007

On Wednesday 28 November 2007 11:10:35 linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
> Re: [clug] Linux on new school computers
> From:
> David Howe <david at qednet.biz>
>   To:
> Paul Wayper <paul.wayper at anu.edu.au>
>   CC:
> CLUG List <linux at lists.samba.org>Re: [clug] Linux on new school computersRe: 
[clug] Linux on new school computers
>   Date:
> Today 11:02:45
> Excellent arguments Paul. I can add another one, longevity. A swag of  
> new laptops with windows will in a very real way depreciate both  
> financially and usefully inside a couple of years. FOSS is famous for  
> usefully extending the life of hardware well beyond the norm,  
> something I would imagine to be quite applicable here.
> I think the idea of mailing the CD's out is a great one, happy to help.
> David Howe
> http://www.qednet.biz

It's a pity to waste the CD, but I have reservations about the suitability of 
OpenCD for this purpose. 

I have not tried the special release for Software Freedom Day 2007 or version 
4, but IIRC, version 3.x was burying the Windows self-extracting .EXE deep 
within folders and relying on a live-booted Ubuntu to install them.  That 
won't be effective for the semi-computer-illiterate, those who don't know 
that a CD can be booted and those having PC locked down from booting CD.

Supplying something with which the recipient can't get to "first-base" won't 
help our cause.  Worse still if they have  to call in User Support.


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