Just a quick intro:
I have been dabbling with various Linux distributions for a couple of
years now, usually focusing on purpose-built distros, but it is only
recently that I've taken the plunge and installed it as my primary OS on
my work computer (actually my own from home; work's were too slow!), my
laptop and my home desktop machine. For those that are interested my
distro of choice was SUSE 9.3 Professional.
In truth is hasn't been that much of a wrench as I have access to a
Win2003 terminal server so pretty much everything is still available
should I need it...
Back to my point:
I was wondering whether anyone uses Linux in a HE/FE environment? I am
particularly interested in whether you have encountered problems when
asked to support educational solutions be they installables or web-based
resources (such as Learndirect courses)?
Does anyone have a requirement for Microsoft-specific applications such
as Visual Studio?
How about realistic alternatives for things like Adobe Photoshop and
While I guess these would be more applicable to Colleges I would have
thought that schools and Universities may have had to deal with such
How about users on the administrative network? While OO seems like a
pretty suitable replacement for MSOffice (I'm still unsure abount an
MSAccess replacement) how do you deal with the mandatory Windows
software doled out by Government bodies such as the LEA?
Many thanks for your time,
Having seen the testing round starting it reminded me this resource was
I wondered if anyone had any information about open source solutions in
1. A governor' management system for clerks to Governors - basically
organising governors, meetings, minutes, details, etc. I have heard of
some commercial ones, often MS Access based, but nothing open.
2. Anything in the document management area that automatically makes
managing minutes, policies etc. easier, filing, finding, time managing
and so on from the point of view of of the Freedom of Information Act
where policies and data has to be managed and kept for variable periods.
A little vague I know but not something that I'm aware of all the
ramifications as to what might be needed, but I wondered if anything
like these had ben thought of / entered the school management open
software arena yet?
John Steventon <john.steventon(a)btinternet.com>
Date: Wednesday 26th October 2005
Where: - Lodge Park Technology College
Start Time: - 9 AM
Lunch Will Be Provided
We will also have a minibus pick-up from Kettering train
station for you non drivers out there.
If you want to come then please email
conference(a)lodgeparktc.com with your name. email, school and
any food requirements and if require mini bus pick-up etc.
There will be internet access on site as well.
So come on down, get a day of work and also meet rest of us.
Schedule For The Day
9:00 - 9:15 - Intro & Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 - Betca
10:15 - 11:00 Windows Image Deployment
11:00 - 11:15 - Morning Break
11:15 - 11:45 - John Ingleby from Schoolforge-UK
11:45 - 12:45 - Andy Trevour from Cutter Project
12:45 - 1:30 Moodle By Paul Chapman from Leicester Coillege
1:30 till 2:30 - Lunch
2:30 - 3:30 - Apple Technology Specialist On Intergrating Apple
3:30 - 4 - Coffee - Meetup session so guests and speakers can
Plus there will be meetup after event in local watering hole +
plus prizes to win from software to books from O'Reilly
I did get a message telling me email couldn't be sent, but then it went
*pokes SuSE with a stick*
From: linuxgirlie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 28 September 2005 14:16
To: Robb Bloomfield
Subject: Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] Testing.. sorry
Same here no message, maybe its just been very very quiet!!
Please do not send me Microsoft Office attachments.
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Something odd seemed to have happened with this list for me. I've not had anything for a while now
(12th september was the last message), and I came in to work on Monday to find an e-mail from the
list telling me it had had problems sending me any messages. All I had to do, apparently, was
reply to the e-mail leaving the contents blank, which I did. Then today I log in and find I've got
a digest of messages from February 2000?!
Anyone else having problems?
Haywards Heath College
http://www.hhc.ac.uk (01444) 456281
"Joy is not in things; it is in us." Richard Wagner
I upgraded overnight using the Linux Mag DVD of suse 9.3. Unfortunately
on this low end machine it wiped out - like exterminated - xf4ce and
there is no option to reinstall it. Bloody hell.
FVWM is crawling like the proverbial caching stuff to disk where xfetc.
could run evolution and firefox in memory at one time with little or no
How can I get xf4ce back? (or is it xfce4, can't remember now!). Anyway,
nothing on a search for installable software under Yast brings up
anything under variations of that.
ISTR there was a suse rpm set someone had done for xfce4 ... does anyone
know about this?