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:

  1. electicity to run them;
  2. technical support to maintain them; and
  3. “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:

  1. using less electricity
  2. avoiding the need to employ proprietary software certified technical support staff; and
  3. 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
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