Is it openSUSE or their educational package that's the problem? Hardware and installer issues certainly suggest that the problem lies with Novell, not a hugely dedicated group who wants students to have access to the best FOSS available.
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When I posted my article, "Damn you, Apple Salesperson!" this weekend, I received a wide range of responses.
This question has been asked many times before in many different settings. It's the mantra of Windows desktop devotees: "Linux is fine in the server room, but...
For a little while, I was excited about the prospect of an Apple tablet. No matter how big a fan I am of Ubuntu, from an educational perspective, it's not much of a stretch to see these as great 1:1 devices, assuming there was content to go with them.
The fabled "Crunchpad", an ultracheap tablet PC dreamed up by TechCrunch's Michael Arrington, as has been widely reported on ZDNet and elsewhere, looks like it will remain vaporware. Bummer.
This, of course, is the companion piece to "My kid hates Linux," reposted below while I'm on vacation. They're like moose droppings and Maine...
The San Francisco Business Times ran a feature Friday on Michael Arrington, the brains behind TechCrunch. While not the most popular guy in the blogosphere, Arrington is well-respected in many business circles.
I just finished reading Dana Blankenhorn's post, "Will Ubuntu remain a minor player" on a break between interviews and meetings. Interestingly, just before I read his post, I met with the President of Metasys, a Brazilian company that has Linux-based servers, desktops, and software in thousands of schools, businesses, and homes throughout Latin America, Africa, and Europe.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation reported over the last couple of days that a Boston College computer science student has been targeted by BC police largely on the basis of using Linux. No, really - I'm serious.
I wish I could agree with fellow ZDNet blogger, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, that the April 14th demise of free XP support from Microsoft would help bring people into the open source fold and encourage them to look at Linux when 7 still isn't widely available and Vista is still a sad little OS. Unfortunately, I just don't think it matters at all.