re: 3 Reasons Linux Doesn't Star In U.S. Schools
Linux is not hard to learn. The use of KDE, or GNOME, or the other lighter GUI's work well on many different configurations, and platforms. As it is, school districts are nothing more than playgrounds for Administrators. They want to be like everybody else. They don't dare stand out. Mainly, they are afraid of change. They are too busy doing nothing to undertake any kind of project. Secondly, It is not their money. It is the taxpayers money. Therefore, they spend it freely.
Finding an IT Professional will not bankrupt you. Some would dearly love to get the compensation a teacher gets. Also, the money you save on licensing fees pretty much pays his salary with quite a bit left over. At a going rate of $45 for OS, and $35 for MSOffice, that comes to $80 per box. If you have 1000 PCs, then $80,000 is the cost. A well paid Technologist, or Technical Director can go for $38,000 - $48,000 yrly. Be wary of the arrogant IT people. They are not worth a can of beans. These are the people who make IT look bad by making IT a money sucking black hole. Choose a professional that can make this project a cost effective alternative to save the district money.
Again Linux is not hard to learn. Quite the opposite. KDE is icon based just like Windows. It is very intuitive. Libre Office, the business office suite is much easier to use than MS Office. There is software for student records/attendance/grades. There is software for distance learning such as Moodle. There is also terminal services available for connecting up to 1000 -3000 thin clients. Quite a bit of educational software does exist for Linux. Most of it free, some commercial. This means all software for the schools can be had. As we get more and more browser based software, conditions for transitioning become less, and less stressful. Have used openSuse Linux for over 15 years. It is solid, no viruses, no cleandisk, no defrag, no fuss. It just works.
We must free the Microsoft Slaves.
Rodney Donovan, Sr.