[K12OSN] Windows XP problem

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Sat Dec 8 14:24:45 UTC 2007

On Sat, 2007-12-08 at 19:09 +0700, Fajar Adianto wrote:
> Hello all,
> The only reason I bought and use XP now is that my customers have
> became too familiar using M$. But in the near future I have planned to
> swap all the software into opensources. Slowly I have to make them
> adapt to the alternatives. 

As a person who has had the opportunity to "pull the strings" and make
the decision to go live with something other than Microsoft, don't waste
your time trying to ease them into comfort with the new stuff. Just
switch and tell them to catch up. These same nay-sayers will belly-ache
about the transition from Win98 to win2K then to WinXP and every change
in Office drives them batty. 

<my hard-line rant begins here> If _TEACHERS_ can't learn themselves,
how can they expect to inspire learning in their students? </end rant>

> There's a myth among them that linux is hard to use. For now I still
> have to face this problem with XP. Not very often it happens, sometime
> once a week, sometime once a day. 

Ask the folks at Morris Brandon about how hard Linux is to use compared
with XP. My favorite story told by Daniel Howard is from the teacher who
was complaining about how hard it was going to be to learn this new
linux stuff She was siting at machine doing here email. Another person
pointed out that she was _already_ using Linux as that what was running
on the computer she was on. 

Teachers already don't get diddly-squat for computer use training so why
should the transition to Linux be any different? Fact is, by turning the
license fee savings into teacher training, the schools get an
opportunity to let the teachers hit the ground running with new, fully
functional technology that can be integrated into daily classroom
operation immediately.
> Thanks.
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James P. Kinney III          
CEO & Director of Engineering 
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