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NSW has pulled out of round two of the federal government’s computers-in-schools scheme (news). The NSW state education minister Verity Firth stated today that the cash-strapped government doesn’t have the funds to buy:
- electicity to run them;
- technical support to maintain them; and
- “let alone” the software to run on them.
Yet again mainstream has fallen victim to the “computer equals Windows” mindset.
The state of NSW should plan to install a solid and feature-rich linux distribution on their systems. Then they can help address their problems by:
- using less electricity
- avoiding the need to employ proprietary software certified technical support staff; and
- getting access to a veritable plethora of free & open software which will provide not only an excellent foundation for general education, but also a platform for true computer science education