Having done battle with the Minister of Education and on down with all the school boards in Quebec I lend my entire support to the comment made. Not only are the boards "locked in" to M$ but there are incentives from M$ to make sure that they do not change.
Having experienced this personally I can say that it will take significant pressure to open the large boards to linux, that said the battle goes on...
On Thu, 2006-10-12 at 09:10 -0500, pogson wrote:
> I did teach in AB briefly. It is not a very Linux-friendly province. The
> educational leadership does not listen to the grassroots much and the
> bosses are pro-Microsoft. AB Education gives stuff away to schools that
> only works with Windows/MacOS, for instance.
It is my humble opinion (based on personal experience, mind you) that
getting Linux or other F/OSS into big school boards is essentially a
lost cause. The IT departments have too much vested interested in
keeping Microsoft, and higher ups are too scared to implement anything
else. Oh sure, motions are made to investigate other options, but
that's all they are.
I haven't heard of a single big school board in Canada switching to a
Linux environment (be it LTSP, K12LTSP, Thinstation, etc.). However,
when one of them finally does, the rest will quickly follow, or as
quickly as their budgets will allow.
Until that time, it's the small boards that will continue to change
over. Those boards and their students will be better off, of that I'm
Kanwar Ranbir Sandhu
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