The Case for Linux in the Classroom
A lot of people tend to shy away at the mention of even the word Linux, myself included. Being raised on a Windows machine, and pampered by an easy visual interface, I was nervous about trying out something that used so much of the command line. I like clicking, scrolling, and buttons that flash. Using a command line made me nervous. The one thing that didn’t make me nervous though, was the price tag(free). With the mindset of being technology savvy, and having nothing to lose, I decided to give it a whirl. Since then I have not only been opened up to a very good operating system, but have learned that maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad option for the education community.
It’s free folks. Windows and OSX cost money. For every machine you have in a school you are charged a certain amount for it to run an operating system like Windows or OSX. Not Linux. The whole idea surrounding the Linux movement is “Free”. It means that you are free to use it, free to change it to suit your needs, free to do with it what you please. This in itself could save schools a lot of money. Not to mention that the majority of software is free as well.
Linux is the only OS designed and equipped with Education in mind. Edubuntu, a flavor of Linux, is designed with the classroom in mind. It comes preinstalled with education software and applications that suit students of all grade levels, and even has some handy applications for the teacher too.