At the Easttown library, they offer training on the windows machines as
another source of funding the library. I hate to admit it, but most
people who would be getting training on how to use windows with the
goal of listing on their resume would actually benefit more from
learning windows instead of gnu-linux. Basic use of gnu-linux is such
a specialized skill I'm not sure it really helps anyone's resume.
Intermediate/advanced use is certainly another story though.
Totally agree. I do a lot of this type of work, and although I use only Linux machines of various types at home (with the exception of a triple-boot MacBook Pro, which I keep around so my options are open in terms of software selection), I do a lot of instruction in computer literacy, and teaching people with low fundamental computer skills how to navigate in a non-Microsoft environment is of absolutely no benefit to them, and would very likely actually handicap their performance on a job.
Libraries definitely need access to better resources, but that takes funding and a lot of volunteer time. Any bored sysadmins would have to be comfortable administering a Windows environment if they're really going to benefit the libraries and their communities in any measurable way.
On 05/19/2010 12:09 PM, Edmond Rodriguez wrote:
Back on topic maybe?
I've used library services at times and it was helpful, but the imposed
time limits have always been frustrating when I did so. I always
wondered why they didn't get more machines and increase their time
limits. Machine Cost? Space? MS Windows cost? As far as Windows
cost, why not run Linux instead (though maybe they get their Windows
for free). Or at least have some Linux machines available for those
that don't mind using it.
On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM, jeff <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> "The city said the purchase will be the
first in a series of steps to
> create a wireless network it will use to enhance public safety,
> improve government efficiency
that's just creepy (to me).
Such a conversation may be off-topic for this list, but personally I'm
in favor of such a program. I work with a large number of individuals
who are not in a position to subscribe to an ISP at home, and libraries
have limited capabilities in serving communities' needs for access to
digital information. Libraries are certainly an excellent resources,
though, and I think that city-wide wifi should supplement library
access, not replace it.
If you're concerned about privacy with public wifi, private ISPs are
certainly a great option, though hardly protection for your browsing
habits, as governmental agencies can relatively easily request IP logs
and similar information. HTTPS implementations are broadening rapidly,
with even Google announcing that basic Google searches will have an
HTTPS option in the near future.