Linux: 9000 PCs in Swiss schools will switch to Ubuntu only

link to Tribune de Geneve (in French) Beginning from next term, all computers at schools in the Swiss canton of Geneva will be switched to Ubuntu Linux only.

Geneva newspaper Tribune de Geneve reports today that from September 2008 all computers at schools that currently are dual-boot MS Windows and Linux will have MS Windows removed and become FOSS (Free Open Source Software) only.

Besides lower costs for the administration, students will also profit from the use of Ubuntu, as they then will be able to use the same applications at home without additional cost.

Manuel Grandjean, director for the schools (Ecoles-Médias) IT services pointed out that the use of FOSS “…encourages participation and the democratization of knowledge and provides product independent competences…“. He also sees the use of FOSS as a “reinforcement of equal opportunities” for students.

More information and the full text of the article at Tribune de Geneve (in French)




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62 Responses to “Linux: 9000 PCs in Swiss schools will switch to Ubuntu only”

  1. simon Says:

    Oh well, we used risc os until we were 13 and it never did us any harm :pI doubt the os market will be too affected,  most school computers are so locked down it wouldn’t matter what os they were on. It would be interesting on how it would affect open office usage though.  

  2. Open Thinking & Digital Pedagogy » Swiss Schools Dump Windows for Unbuntu Says:

    [...] It is reported that 9000 PCs in Swiss schools will have Windows removed and become FOSS only computers. Geneva newspaper Tribune de Geneve reports today that from September 2008 all computers at schools that currently are dual-boot MS Windows and Linux will have MS Windows removed and become FOSS (Free Open Source Software) only. [...]

  3. James Mathew Says:

    The officials really deserve a pat on the back for freeing the students from the shackles of M$.

  4. 9000 computadoras en escuelas de Ginebra (Suiza) utilizarán exclusivamente Ubuntu | Blog de Marcelo Ramos | Lo que hago, lo que me interesa, lo que me llama la atención Says:

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  5. Adam Says:

    My school has started to do this. we have Edubuntu pc’s replace the xp pro ones when they go tits up. And my school is broke anyway so it all works out lol.

  6. 9000 ???? ?? ??????? ????????? ?????? ??? ?????? | ????? Says:

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  13. Pixellated Says:

    This article’d be slightly better if it were 9001, but ah, well.Still, this has been predicted, though; the rise of free OSs in schools. As computers become more populous in education, so does the cost to buy Windows licenses for each one, or indeed, a group license. If Ubuntu is going to take mainstream, then why not teach people to use it before it becomes more common?

  14. Josh Beck Says:

    Here’s my school computer lab page:http://www.neisd.net/imak/comp.....ory.htmlWe now have 2 labs running Ubuntu. It’s a tough sell in a big district. Red tape like crazy!Josh BeckNEISD Technology Teacher

  15. Josh Beck Says:

    Dang, if the moderator of this forum could help me out be formatting those html links, I’d appreciate it!Thanks,Josh Beck

  16. Los escolares de Ginebra usan Linux « Linux Cool Says:

    [...] Los escolares de Ginebra usan Linux 5 04 2008 A partir del próximo período, todas las computadoras en las escuelas en el cantón suizo de Ginebra se pasa a Ubuntu Linux. Ginebra periódico Tribune de Geneve informa hoy de que a partir de septiembre de 2008 todas las computadoras en las escuelas que en la actualidad son de doble arranque de MS Windows y Linux se han eliminado MS Windows y convertirse en el software libre (Free Open Source Software). Además de disminuir los costos de la administración, los estudiantes también se benefician de la utilización de Ubuntu, ya que entonces será capaz de utilizar las mismas aplicaciones en el hogar, sin costo adicional. Manuel Grandjean, director de las escuelas (Ecoles-Médias) servicios de TI señala que el uso de software libre “… anima a la participación y la democratización de los conocimientos y competencias proporciona producto independiente…”. También considera que el uso de software libre como un “refuerzo de la igualdad de oportunidades” para los estudiantes. Fuente: http://www.duvet-dayz.com/archives/2008/04/04/654/ [...]

  17. Linux News from Linux Loop » Blog Archive » A Hole Microsoft Has Not Yet Seen Says:

    [...] News that another school system or government has switched to Linux seems seems to come  very frequently now. The latest appears to be news that 9000 Swiss computers are switching to Ubuntu, according to Duvet Dayz. [...]

  18. K Says:

    That’s great, being at Geneva myself I haven’t heard of it… I’m in last year so Ubuntu only won’t be for me, not that I use the school computers. But one thing that they should really do is fire those lazy incompetent library keepers, they’re 5 minutes late so I can’t borrow a dictionary and go away EXACTLY at 5pm, when I have to study, scan to damn books and go home, I’ll consult the books via Internet… paid to sit dammit.

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  21. The Infamous Anonymous Says:

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  22. Perez Rio » Blog Archive » 9.000 PCs escolares suizos se pingüinizarán Says:

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  23. Windows Update « Computoman’s Weblog Says:

    [...] These are only a couple of examples of the growing change to Gnu/Linux. According to a report (http://www.duvet-dayz.com/archives/2008/04/04/654/) nine thousand schools in Switzerland are no longer going to use Microsoft Windows. In Russia, they have planned to do the same thing (http://colombianflowers.wordpr.....in-russia/). Microsoft windows products are being booted off computers all around the world. It is a growing trend. Probably most of the reason is for their fees (http://pcworld.about.com/news/.....101601.htm). It is the new trend for education. Are your children ready? Maybe your school system can save you tax dollars by converting to GNU/Linux. [...]

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  25. Christian Pfeifffer Jensen Says:

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  27. 9000 ???? ?? ??????? ????????? ?????? ??? ?????? | ????? Says:

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  30. Herbalife Says:

    This is an excellent move by the Swiss school system. Computer knowledge should not be limited to the have and have nots. Lowering the cost of computer access is an example every industrialized nation can and should follow.

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  36. no one Says:

    “This article’d be slightly better if it were 9001″‘lol so true

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  40. School Quiz Says:

    the linux revolution is finally spreading give it 10 more years

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    [...] 3. Schools or Universities doesn’t care Almost all university (including mine) doesn’t support open source. Ohhh really? Yah I can say it because there’s been no will on adapting the use of Linux based operating systems. Or just promoting the use of FOSS applications. Even though Ubuntu is quite popular with it’s easy to install and use. These schools doesn’t have the will to try or even install it as dual boot on their machines. The idea of costs is also blind to them. Lucky enough some students are more open minded to try some Linux distros for fun. Sadly these students are just the same number as my fingers. [...]

  42. Owen Campbell-Moore Says:

    Cardiff High School in Cardiff, UK is switching a whole load over to Ubuntu too :)I thank wubi for a lot of this, people can finally try linux without fear :)

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  45. Herbalife Says:

    Computer knowledge should not be limited to the have and have nots.

  46. Susan Says:

    Ubuntu sounds good. Let children too grab the knowledge of Linux, but it is good have a dual boot.

  47. Peter Says:

    Ubuntu should be easy for kids. Teachers should be trained too

  48. HerbalDistribuidor Says:

    Ubuntu is a good approach for students

  49. Kristjan Says:

    In
    other news, Steve Ballmer declares war on Sweden[...]Yet in another news, Swiss computers are in Switzerland and Swedish computers are in Sweden.

  50. Slinky Says:

    An updated link to the article in TdG is http://www.tdg.ch/actu/hi-tech.....els-libres

  51. fpp Says:

    @ slinky:
    Many thanks for the update

  52. Amara Says:

    SOS! My car was broken on road. Should I call to repairs or poliice?

  53. Salma Says:

    nad what do you think about energo problemm in Ukraine?

  54. 9000 PCs in Swiss schools will switch to Ubuntu only | keyongtech Says:

    [...] PCs in Swiss schools will switch to Ubuntu only http://www.duvet-dayz.com/archives/2008/04/04/654/ Beginning from next term, all computers at schools in the Swiss canton of Geneva will be switched [...]

  55. Biora Says:

    Good night, bloggers )=

  56. Uyit Says:

    It’s difficult to understand..

  57. Bot Says:

    So cool!

  58. Popcorn Says:

    Nice post =)

  59. Sun Says:

    Nice! I’ll make smilar post in own blog

  60. Solnce Says:

    such a real story..

  61. lu6cifer Says:

    not OVER 9000!?

  62. Sony Ericsson W995 Battery Says:

    Please do not make me to read that post ever again have mercy.