Has it been established, with regard to the goals, that it is reasonable to
talk about "iOS versus Android"?

For example, my children use archlinux at a school that requires "mandatory
Apple or Windows [because we give you the choice!]" They are able to do
this after I engaged in some negotiation with the school, which was very
pleasant and constructive. It is possible to simply use better tools to
achieve the ultimate goals of the school and my children exploit that, to
the benefit of their education. Importantly, accurately establishing those
goals was a major part of that discussion.

To give an only-slightly-exaggerated example of what I mean, a naive person
might say, "Mandatory Microsoft Word so that you can do text editing." That
same person later learns that Mrs Sally, the relief teacher, has a Mac and
she is (magically?) able to also read those text editing files, so the
policy is changed to "Must have Windows or Apple." After some back and
forth, it is established that the requirement is actually to be able to
read some of the handouts, which are in .doc format.

To the point, do we really have to pick between the best of two not-so-open
(or useful?) platforms? Is there really no other way? Remember to stay true
to the goal.

Sorry if I missed that part. It feels like I did.

On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Andrew Pam <xa...@sericyb.com.au> wrote:
>
> On 19/12/14 10:35, Noah O'Donoghue wrote:
> > In fact, you have to go out of your way to avoid Google's ecosystem and
> buy
> > a phone like the blackphone..
>
> Or install Cyanogenmod.
>
> Cheers,
>         Andrew
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