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Macedonia to install Ubuntu on 20,000 school PCs

The Macedonia Ministry of Education and Science has received its first batch of 7,000 PCs with Ubuntu Linux installed. Ubuntu sponsor Canonical expects the figure will soon reach 20,000 units.

The Macedonia Ministry of Education and Science has received its first batch of 7,000 PCs with Ubuntu Linux installed. Ubuntu sponsor Canonical expects the figure will soon reach 20,000 units.

The actual distribution deployed here is Edubuntu 7.04, a version of Ubuntu tailored for classroom use.

Excerpt from CNET News.com:

Through a program called Computer for Every Child, the Macedonia Ministry of Education and Science plans to install the PCs throughout its elementary and secondary school system. Ubuntu will run on the 20,000 PCs, but 160,000 more students will be able to share those machines using hardware from NComputing, Canonical plans to announce Tuesday. The PCs are being supplied and installed by Haier, a Chinese PC maker.

Ivo Ivanovski, Macedonia's minister for the information society, in a prepared statement noted:

By selecting Ubuntu as the operating system for all of our classroom virtual PCs, our education system can provide computer-based education for all schoolchildren within the limited financial and infrastructural confines that most institutions face today.

Has Linux finally come of age in mainstream use?

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13 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"Has Linux finally come of age in mainstream use?" Paul, define "mainstream use". This vague question is asked in some form or phrasing every time a government, educational, or non-profit organization sends out a press release about deploying a large number of Linux systems. I consider those organizations "niche" (although I feel Linux is well-suited for what I know of their needs), but I'd like to know your definition of "mainstream".

CG IT
CG IT

I think that Macedonia will eventually find out that Linux with the Unbuntu GUI will be more of a pain in the butt administratively and cost more because of the administrative effort required, than had they opted for the Windows Platform.

j-mart
j-mart

Linux has been ready for some time. Wider public acceptance is an education and marketing exercise. Any use of Linux in education will enable more to be exposed to how easy Linux can be. I personally, in the education system in my country, would after initially using computers as another tool, see computing independent of any particular OS, with students taught basic concepts common to all systems, exposed to more than 1 OS, an not just force fed with MS office apps. Give them open minds and real knowledge.

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