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  1. In general, I think Linux offers much better opportunities for students, but a pre-packaged, locked-down system is an easier sell to tech-hesitant grownups. In an environment that gives students so much freedom, you need adults who can go there with them. The more limits there are on what the student can do, the easier it is for the school staff to control what is done.

    Besides, Linux and DRM don't play nicely together, and you know the "textbook industry" won't want to sell anything without it.

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    1. I think that's part of it. The political and economic pressure are pretty powerful. The fear of freedom drives so many policy decisions.

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  2. In my edtech utopia, I'd definitely go for the Linux option. I would love it if people in my district called me the 'Linux guy' rather than 'Royan Jobs'. Our systems' aversion to this kind if tech, I think, is more a reflection of the fact that they actually don't reflect the values. OK, it's me the bitter and twisted cynic here speaking, but I really don't think our systems are set up right now for open, democratic, distributive, collaborative learning. Our systems, in action, are far more in line with consumerist, hierarchical epistemology.

    Have a nice day:)

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    1. I'm with you on this. A major part of it comes from the values we have and the need to manage things from an IT side of it.

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  3. John, I've been thinking about ed tech a lot this year and how it fits into my classroom. How did you learn about Linux? Not necessarily what it is, but how to work with it?

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    1. I learned through experimenting a little and through trial and error. But more than that, I learned by asking ridiculously easy questions on the various Linux forums and by checking out blog posts. The Linux community is great!

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    2. I agree with John: when you start, you definitely want a version with a supportive community. I can't recommend Ubuntu (and its cousins) enough for this. There's almost nothing I can't get a relevant answer to by adding "ubuntu" to my Google search.

      I also can't give enough praise to Zed Shaw's command line course, which will get you very comfortable working in a terminal, which is like taking the training wheels off your computer.

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