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Ex-state secretary: Romania must move to Linux

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A former Romanian secretary of state, Constantin Teodorescu, is calling on the country's public administrations to switch to Linux and other open source solutions. "The Romanian government should contact the budgetary heads at all public administrations and explain that they can switch everything to free software", he writes on his blog on Friday. "Let's get this straight, and end this tragedy".

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There will be major pains

There will be major pains involved in switching to Linux.
There has been a scandal recently about thousands of laptops with Linux, new - donated, are just gathering dust because the teachers find the "new OS" not "user-friendly".
They should fire all old school informatics teachers, DOS/Windows/Pascal suckers. It's Linux & Python time now.. Except there are so few who are capable, Romania is still a Microsoft stronghold from many points of view.
The problems run deep. Smile

Pascal

Pascal can easily be taught on GNU/Linux and still get the ideas of programming across.

Windows clones that are based on GNU/Linux exist.

I think that Luddites are an issue. They would fight or reject something new not because it's bad but because it's different. Education systems have issues like that which go beyond computing.

Pascal

Pascal was the first language I learned. It makes a good starting language to teach students procedural programming.

First language

It is the first language I learned as well (under DOS). The important thing is the concepts; the OS should not be visible in this context.

Pascal2

Well, fpc, the free pascal compiler runs on Linux, and the Lazarus Component Library and IDE which runs on top of fpc, provide a Pascal development environment with both a CLI and GUI environment. It also works with Linux gtk and qt GUI environments. Yes, it does also work on Windows and Mac environments.

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