Magnus on Thu, 10 Jul 2003 17:52:18 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Community Service Project (Devil's advocate)

On Thursday, July 10, 2003, at 05:36 PM, MITCHELL MALTENPORT wrote:

The goal is to teach them how computers work and how they can be used.

Linux would be better for letting these kids look "under the hood" and
observe what the computer is doing at any moment.

Further, it is a platform that provides a more complete selection of software that can be legally used without paying out the nose for license fees.

Going down the Windows path, you have to first buy a Windows license for those machines (read the EULA if you think you can just reload them with Win98 even if that's what they came with) and in order to stick to the goal of learning how things work in the Windows world you need MS Office which will cost several times more than the full value of the machine. IMHO anyone who wants to go down the Windows path *must* learn MS Office to survive. It is expected of you.

And finally, it is awfully odd to suggest that a Linux users group should muster volunteers to load Windows onto a bunch of old PC's. Yeah. Right. It could happen.


C. Magnus Hedemark
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