For the past two years, the Ile-de-France region which includes Paris
has distributed 200,000 USB keys with free open source software to
students of 450 secondary schools each September.

The gcompris project (= "j'ai compris" = "I understood") for young
students is available for all platforms in over 25 languages and has
been used worldwide.

The Shuttleworth Foundation has sponsored several large-scale
education projects in South Africa, notably tuXlab and Kusasa.

The One Laptop Per Child project, designed particularly for students
in developing countries, has distributed over 600,000 XO laptops
running the Sugar interface. Although OLPC has announced a beefed-up
(and thus more expensive) Windows-only or dual-boot version of the XO,
Microsoft has encountered difficulties getting any version of Windows
to run on it. Sugar is now being ported to popular netbooks, is being
included in GNU/Linux distributions, and a standalone bootable live
USB key is in the works. Disclaimer: I am a participant in the Sugar
Labs community.


On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 3:45 PM, Rich Vazquez <> wrote:
> I'm glad you pointed this out.  There are more obviously.  Why is this
> discussion operating like there aren't entire governments, schools and
> nations already moving to or running open source?  Andalusia (Guadlinex),
> Extremadura (gnuLinEx), Madrid (MAX) in Spain have had their own
> distributions for schools and public spaces quite some time.
> We can discuss how feasable it is - but it is.  People are doing it in Spain
> and other parts of the world.  Here's one primer with a few case studies:
> Here's a click through presentation on Guadlinex:
> A good quote from there: "Integrating computers in education is a
> pedagogical not a technical issue"
> On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 8:23 AM, Neil Aberdeen <> wrote:
>> Under BSF SUN now runs Bradford local authority schools IT
>> From
>> The computers were not conventional PCs, but Sun Ray thin clients. Sun Ray
>> clients enable virtualized desktop sessions to run on a datacenter server,
>> which houses the applications and data. ...
>> As the key technology partner to Bradford, Sun is not only providing the
>> hardware, we're also designing the software that will facilitate learning.
>> Using Sun's open source software as well as other open source educational
>> software such as Moodlerooms, Sun has created an open source software
>> environment for the school.
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