Ro­ma­nia is con­sid­er­ing Ubuntu in schools

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Plagued by a slew of un­li­censed or old un­sup­ported ver­sions of pro­pri­etary soft­ware like Mi­crosoft Win­dows and Mi­crosoft Of­fice in many of its schools, the Ro­ma­nian Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is now con­sid­er­ing a switch to open source so­lu­tions like GNU/Linux, Ubuntu and Edubuntu, in par­tic­u­lar.

Re­cently, the Min­istry re­leased a ten­ta­tive list of ap­pli­ca­tions rec­om­mended to be used along with GNU/ Linux: Li­breOf­fice, Fire­fox, Inkscape, the GIMP, GNU Oc­tave, FreeCAD, Geany and Lazarus, to name a few. How­ever, as of now, the list is only ‘ ex­per­i­men­tal’ with no spe­cific in­for­ma­tion avail­able re­gard­ing whether or not such a move will be made of­fi­cial at some point in time. “Un­til we can pro­vide na­tional sup­port for this prod­uct, in­clud­ing lo­cal­i­sa­tion in Ro­ma­nian and na­tional mi­nor­ity lan­guages, the de­ci­sion to use this dis­tri­bu­tion is up to each school,” a state­ment from the Min­istry said.

Ear­lier, the Penn Manor High School in the US dis­trib­uted as many as 1,725 ‘Linux’ pow­ered lap­tops to its stu­dents. Linux has now be­come the part and par­cel of the ‘ en­tire’ in­sti­tu­tion. For al­most a decade, it pow­ered the servers and pro­vided the plat­form for the school’s web­sites, stor­age, and learn­ing man­age­ment sys­tems. So Linux was the nat­u­ral choice when it came to pro­vid­ing its stu­dents the right learn­ing tool. The Penn Manor High School has pro­vided ev­ery stu­dent in grades 9-12 an Acer Trav­el­Mate lap­top pre-loaded with Ubuntu 13.10.

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