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SA education department's laptop initiative snubs open source policy

A year after it was first announced, the South African department of education yesterday kicked off its teacher laptop initiative. The initiative aims to subsidise teachers so that they can purchase a laptop from one of the department’s approved suppliers. It’s a welcome addition to the education arena except for one detail. Despite a national […]

OLPC high-school release adds Gnome desktop

June 15th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has announced a high school-focused version of its low-cost XO laptop which includes the Gnome interface.

Kid-friendly Qimo Linux 2.0 makes a splash

I’ve written about Qimo before and now the child-focused Linux distro gets a new version.

SA department of education shuts out FOSS

May 12th, 2009 | 27 Comments » Tags: , ,

Despite a national open source strategy and a well-publicised set of minimum interoperability standards for government, the South African education department has launched a teacher laptop project that excludes open source software.