I've just been given the go-ahead to build a linux computer for staff to play with, but I've been asked to find out, from people who have switched from windows, what potential problems we could encounter.
[It wasn't specified by the HT, but could I get staff related problems and technical problems?]
Also, so I can show them a wide range of things they would be able to do, could anyone suggest some good [free] showing-off software?
This is for an infants school but this build will just be for staff. Although anything that the pupils could use would be appreciated.
[Infants and possibly a primary school, providing I can get permission for the trial.]
If it matters I'm planning to use pen drive linux.
Last edited by X-13; 3rd February 2011 at 04:02 PM.
X-13 (3rd February 2011)
oooooh, that's exactly what I was looking for.
Which Distro are you going with? Ubuntu always seems to be the easiest for people to pick up (or Mint, which also installs a lot of codecs and other bits and pieces to help out a new Linux install)
Another vote for Ubuntu ... Ive just done an install as a complete beginner and it was a breeze .. Ive installed dansguardin and squid and have now got myself a filtering proxy server ... Feeling quite proud of myself I am !!!
Edubuntu comes pre packaged with some good apps for primary education to get you started, there's always GIMP for Photoshop quality editing, Google Chrome (it's called Chromium on Ubuntu) seems to me to be the quickest browser... I suppose really the initial task is showing them that there isn't anything they can't do that they could before
Although, I might throw on OOo4Kids as a potential something for students.
I know I'm going to encounter resistance. Even the LA Techs claim OpenOffice isn't compatible with MS Office files... Which I found out isn't true.
Now that the software choices are moving along nicely, does anyone know what sort of problems I could encounter? [Tech problems or staff-related]
Hopefully the trial goes well and I can get back-up against the LA.
Although, an full switch won't be any time soon. I plan to do it gradually, to reduce resistance.
Last edited by morganw; 3rd February 2011 at 06:07 PM.
We have a 50% Linux backend here but until Sims will run in a web browser then there is no hope in hell I could ever make the move!
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