2009. november 22., vasárnap

Chilean Government Linux project at schools

Edulinux is an innitiative sponsored by Chilean Government and carried out by "Universidad de la Frontera" (aka UFRO). Edulinux has been installed on over 2200 school computers (mainly old pentium pcs from 1997 to 1999).

Edulinux is/was based on Fedora and it uses LTSP. However, they are now planing to migrating to Edubuntu for both LTSP and worksation environments, mainly because they've seen Edubuntu continous efforts.

Personally, I was well impressed by the objectives and the commitment UFRO people has towards bringing Ubuntu to schools.

Last week I had the chance to be part of many discussions held regarding the plans for 2009, and I am very confident that, if UFRO gets to convince Chilean Gov. about the benefits of continuing supporting this project, we'll be able to witness a huge impact on Chilean education IT plans.

I see great potential here for Edubuntu, as well as for Accessibility, since I have mentioned to UFRO that there's a lot of development out there in the repos just waiting to be used and tested, and what a better way of doing it if not in schools?!

Chilean School policy has become very strong on the emphasis that "we must provide options to ease the integration of children with accessibility needs", so UFRO got my message that Edubuntu + Accessibility packages would be a more powerful argument to convince the government.

I've taken some photos I'll soon upload to share with you.

In the meantime, there's this wiki page to read more about Edulinux (thou it's still in spanish): https://wiki.edubuntu.org/EdulinuxChile

Mauricio Hernandez Z.