Re: Should schools be using linux?
I don't really have a problem with schools using Windows, but I do think they should be using a freely-available office suite. I hate seeing my girlfriend downloading documents from her uni in Microsoft Word format, because not everybody can afford a $200 copy of Word. Especially not her.
Yes, Openoffice can open and save Word documents, but even I have qualms about saving back to Word format from within Openoffice because things might get lost in translation I've imported Word documents into Openoffice.org and lost formatting; this was recently too.
As far as I'm concerned, all documents should be given to students as paper or PDF, and for editable documents there should be Word and ODF versions available.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.