2009/10/8 Richard Smedley <smedley358(a)btinternet.com>:
I'm willing to go and talk to the head. How much further help I
can volunteer probably depends to some part on where the
How feasible an OS upgrade to GNU/Linux is depends on
i) the attitude of the head
ii) staff buy-in
more than any technical hurdles or critical apps.
When it comes to primary schools, switching to OSS isn't going to be
as hard as with a high school or college, simply because the PC's
don't really run any specific software, and most of the time, if there
is specific software, there is an OSS alternative.
If they keep their existing PC's and assuming the people want to work
for free to make the installs happen, it can be done for free/next to
nothing. One weekend, all the machines can be changed over and tested,
then on the monday its handed to the staff. Obviously there will be
some early issues, but they should be avoidable by removal of all the
junk from installs, and just having what they need.
If they are running a Community Connect 3 server, the stuff can be
backed up off it and the OS replaced with an LTSP server, or just a
simple file server, depends how much the system needs to do.