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NZ School Goes Open Source Amid Microsoft Mandate 305

Dan Jones writes "Kiwis have built an entire school IT system out of open source software, in less than two months, despite a deal between the New Zealand government and Microsoft that effectively mandates the use of Microsoft products in the country's schools. Albany Senior High School in the northern suburbs of Auckland has been running an entirely open source infrastructure since it opened in 2009. It's using a range of applications like OpenOffice, Moodle for education content, Mahara for student portfolios, and Koha for the library catalogue. Ubuntu Linux is on the desktop and Mandriva provides the server. Interestingly, the school will move into new purpose-built premises this year, which include a dedicated server room design based on standard New Zealand school requirements, including four racks each capable of holding 48 servers for its main systems. The main infrastructure at Albany Senior High only requires four servers, suggesting an almost 50-fold saving on hardware requirements."

Comment Re:Misleading summary (Score 1) 417

--So effectively the practical difference between stealing cars and downloading pirate oses is primarily one of enforcement.--

Actually, the practical difference is pretty simple. If I steal a car, I am depriving the original owner of the property.

If I steal software, I'm depriving a faceless, soulless, underhanded company of a few bucks.

Now, does that make software piracy right or justified? Does that mean that software piracy IS NOT STEALING? YES IT DOES.

What do you suggest, that we cut off a hand for each time you pirate a program? Is this that damaging to society in general? Somehow I don't think that it is. It's more of a white collar crime and less murder in the 1st degree.


Comment Re:Considering the Rush Job... (Score 1) 48

Are you trying to tell me that there was no 8.0Gbit high speed servers in 2000? SERIOUSLY???!!!111

Of *course* the market is different. We've steadily increased the things we can do with a home computer, along with the speed and capacity of the 'affordable' internet services. What you're arguing is akin to "well, a 2008 Mustang is WAY faster than a Model A man!!!"

As a side note, the idea of PAYING for a game over and over and over and over again is just strange to me. Granted over the past few months I've done some checking and it would seem that it's not just paying for the privilege of being able to play the game online, which is basically what it started out as. I can actually get behind the whole "downloadable expanded content" idea. Took them long enough though :P

GET off my LAWN!! :)


Comment Re:Doesn't look finished to me (Score 1) 898

--Vista without the glass doesn't look nearly as good.--

--The task bar needs quite a bit of work--

--" crappy the taskbar is, how "in your face" the windows were, how crappy the file dialogs were, how crappy taskman.exe was, or how generally insecure the default setup was"--

In reverse :
If you don't know how to set up your computer, ask someone who does know. Please don't beg for the Dilbert OS. You know, with one GIANT red button that they're nice enough to push at the factory for you?

I'm not sure why taskman.exe was "crappy" or wtf you're talking about with the "crappy file dialogs"

How are the windows "in your face"?

I just had my first real run in with winblows vista this morning (have been avoiding it for as long as possible now.)and I have a few questions :

1.) Why in the ever loving fuck would you need PERMISSION to move a file from one directory to another?

2.) Why is it asking me if it's cool to save the changes...TO A PROPERTY SHEET...when I haven't changed ANYTHING at all?

I haven't heard a single reason yet why I should switch to Vista.

-my decent (AMD 1.4Ghz, 512 DDR2 RAM, decent vid card) computer won't even get NEAR IT.

-I have yet to read about ANY 'improvements' that didn't involve that bloody "areo" interface or how "ooo shinyprettylookitthat!" it is.

Comment Re:Did you turn off Aero? (Score 1) 898

Yes it's nice. Yes it's pretty. People aren't complaining that they're using their video card. They're complaining that Vista runs like shit on their mostly new system and they don't want to have to go out and get a top-of-the-line system JUST TO HAVE A PRETTY INTERFACE.

I should not have to upgrade my system just because you wanted my os to look nicer. Hey MSFT, how about first concentrating on making the fucking thing WORK instead of "OOOOH SHINY!!!"? ...I think it's time to give my shift key a break!


Comment Re:Oh really? (Score 2, Insightful) 898

--Instead I'm using good old ever reliable WinXP Pro--

I can't believe I'm reading that. I was in the tech support industry when XP came out. It was a *NIGHTMARE*. It seems that MSFT's way of business is to have a product in beta for 3/4 of it's "service life" then when they FINALLY work out all the bugs in the damn thing THEY DON'T SUPPORT IT ANYMORE.

I agree with you on most of your points though. I still miss the days when winblows was exactly what it should be now : AN APPLICATION. Leave the OS to do what it's supposed to be doing...BEING AN OS instead of a one-click bloated pos.


Comment Re:great news (Score 1) 128

"If we, the citizens, want to protect the constitution, then we should step up and take responsibility for defending it from our politicians." --

Had I mod points dear sir, you would be getting some. Now if we could just rustle up some people with balls over the next few elections, maybe we could keep ourselves out of the Communist States of America a bit longer.

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