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Why do schools not use ubuntu? I'm assuming it is because not many people use it (hmm...) and people aren't really familiar with it. It is free and really fast, so I'm not sure why... I haven't heard of a school but there probably is a few.

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Some do. Last weekend, my neighbour grand-daugther (8 years old) come to my house to check Internet. She told me that my computer was like the ones in her school. Seems like they use Ubuntu there. –  Javier Rivera Apr 27 '11 at 13:49
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@javierrivera Hmm, an 8-year-old might not know the difference between Ubuntu and Windows. :) –  user7182 Apr 27 '11 at 14:15

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Also, why don't companies and home users use Ubuntu? The answer to this and your question is: Some do.

The reasons everybody doesn't use Ubuntu are quite variable. Schools and public bodies share the following issues:

  • Schools and governments tend to get fairly "generous" licensing deals from Microsoft.
  • Migrating isn't free. The people in charge of acquiring the technology see staying in a (relatively) cheap system better than paying to migrate to a free system and then paying to retrain all their staff (as well as the students).
  • Some tech buyers still don't think Linux is viable.
  • Plenty of public organisations are enrolled in long-term (5yr+) contracts with Microsoft that would be prohibitively expensive to exit.
  • In state-run schools they might get their licenses under a larger county- or country- wide contract with Microsoft, making it yet harder to justify a swap-out until the contract expires.

As Ubuntu (and other Linux distributions) improve and the shift away from applications requiring a specific platform (to "the cloud") continues, Windows will be less relevant to technology buyers. It's ultimately a situation that will solve itself in time.

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I think there are a lack of people on schools, who really know something about Ubuntu/Linux and can get the people to use Ubuntu. I mean there is only one teacher in my school, who know really much about Linux. And we have to use Ubuntu in his lesson (because everyone is playing on windows during lesson). And because of this teacher i am using Ubuntu (still i am the only one in my class who use Ubuntu at home, but i hope this will change).

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I think, everyone who is supporting an open source software should disseminate their own knowledge and experience among people they know. Showing on your own example how is easy to install and use Ubuntu OS is the most efficient way for redistributing news about open source software. Everybody, who is using Ubuntu has to be prepared for the main question which comes from any kind of customers - WHY I SHOULD USE IT ? So my answers to above-mentioned question are the following:

  • You can use Ubuntu without limitations on most of standard hardware - without charges, no subscriptions, no registration, no activation.
  • You have a full set of software for everyday use - free of charges and with no need of activation and so on.
  • You have full capabilities for playing audio and video files and streams.
  • Just try to explore the GIMP ! It has most of Photoshop features with a power of OS interoperability.
  • If you really need an MS Windows software, try Wine or Windows under VirtualBox.
  • AND FINALLY. Ubuntu (like most of Linux OSes) comparing to Microsoft operating systems is very secure against malware.
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In Russia, for example, schools have exact software (Windows, Office) in the education program and have no choice.( At the same time, they are not provided with funds for licences).

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