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FLOSSIE - Free Libre Open Source Software in Education

Postby linuxgirlie » Wed Jul 06, 2005 10:07 am

Is a Conference and Exhibition on the 14/15th of July.

More information can be found here:

http://www.schoolforge.org.uk/flossie/c ... 00507.html

Will be a great day out, attended by many...
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Postby M0PHP » Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:38 pm

Hello Jo,

How did it go? I was unfortunately unable to make it due to work commitment - we broke up just today.

Was anyone there from RM interested in taking up Open Source? :lol:
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Postby linuxgirlie » Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:25 am

Well it went really well, there where some really good presentations. I think alot will be going up on the schoolforge-uk website, so I will get the address for that later. I don't think that there were enough schools there, but those that were there were really interested in karoshi. One guy even called out that it was fantastic from the audience!

There was noone there from RM, but I don't think that is anyones loss!!

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Postby A-Wing » Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:21 am

I can't believe schools still use RM. Then again I can't believe businesses still use Dell.
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Postby linuxgirlie » Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:37 am

It has been around for a long time, so people will go, should I use this that is only 2 years old, or RM which is 15/20 years old. I don't think schools see the price tag, they just shrug and accept it....
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Postby A-Wing » Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:47 am

I would have though IBM would have made a more logical choice. I know there intenet divison has poorley implemented MX servers, their repetitive bounces nearly bought down a third of our MX servers.
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Postby linuxgirlie » Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:06 am

I don't think IBM are seen as an educational provider though they are coming back in that direction...
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Postby Rhakios » Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:58 pm

RM? What's that I wondered. Then I realised that my firewall is running on an RM Multimedia PC2. So that'll be Research Machines then?
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Postby Nigel » Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:31 pm

Rhakios wrote:RM? What's that I wondered. Then I realised that my firewall is running on an RM Multimedia PC2. So that'll be Research Machines then?


Yes... they have/had rather a stranglehold on the education market, especially in the primary sector, mostly thanks to their operating environment that sits on top of Win9x and cripples it, allegedly to make it easier to manage and more friendly to young children. As a side-effect it makes it look & feel like Windows 3.1.

It has to be the most frustrating system I've ever had to work with :evil:
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Postby A-Wing » Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:02 pm

Nigel wrote:mostly thanks to their operating environment that sits on top of Win9x and cripples


I thought 9x came factory crippled :)
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Postby Nigel » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:41 pm

A-Wing wrote:
Nigel wrote:mostly thanks to their operating environment that sits on top of Win9x and cripples


I thought 9x came factory crippled :)


At least raw Win9x comes with a pair of crutches (in the form of Regedit and PowerToys) :D
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