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    Lightbulb Linux Adoption

    This is a thread where people can voice their frustration with their business/organization not using something free like Linux and using Windows or Mac instead.
    For me, it's frustrating when at my school, we use Windows instead of Linux. Everyone always complains about how slow the computers are, freezing up every two seconds. They also cut programs because of their budget, when you could save a lot of money keeping the same computers, and install Linux on there. It uses less resources, and it doesn't cost money to upgrade. No viruses to worry about either. It makes me mad each time they talk about a tight budget, and they cut teachers and such.

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    Re: Linux Adoption

    To get to the root cause, there is a technique called the 7 Whys.

    Let's start. Why are you in school?
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    Re: Linux Adoption

    I am a freshman in high school.

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    Re: Linux Adoption

    14 years old.

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    Re: Linux Adoption

    Well, you have 3 or 4 years to organize the students, parents and teachers if you enjoy the challenge. Keep it polite and stick to hard facts (even when the opposition doesn't) and persevere. Some of the adults will treat it like a game, but don't worry about that. I'll grant that it is hard to find case studies of places that have made the switch. For various reasons, they stay quiet. Some out of fear of visits by hoardes of aggressive sales teams. Here are two sites which often cover migrations:

    https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/all
    http://mrpogson.com/

    There have been very successful high-profile migrations in Germany, France and Spain over the years and they can be used as models and for ideas. If you do detective work you can find quite a few.

    Are any teachers into OSS yet?

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    Re: Linux Adoption

    There is a lot of money involved in proprietary software. Software vendors stay close to school districts selling licenses. It's big business. Something that you will see as you continue your education.

    Why #2: Why are you in High School?
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    Re: Linux Adoption

    Again, I'm 14

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    Re: Linux Adoption

    Part of the problem is that companies see free = low quality, which is far from the truth where Ubuntu is concerned. Paying for software gives some folks a feeling that they are buying a product for which exists valid and professional support - this is one reason people buy RHEL (Red Hat).

    A friend of mine asked, when I mentioned that Linux was a better OS, "it's free, how can it be worth anything?" To which I replied, "are you paying for the air you breathe?"

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    Re: Linux Adoption

    Yes, that is true, you are 14. But WHY are you in high school?

    (Because I like going to school and I have nothing better to do.)

    (Because the Law says that I have to go to school.)

    (Because my parents won't let me stay at home and program computers.)

    Let's assume you answered number 2.

    Why does the law require you to go to school?

    (The Force is strong with this one.)

    And yes, there is a point to all of this.
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    Re: Linux Adoption

    Because I enjoy it and want to learn more about the world. I also play in an orchestra and enjoy it immensely.

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