NSW Govt advised to give students Linux laptops

NSW Govt advised to give students Linux laptops

President of NSW Secondary Principals' Council advises state Government to issue laptops running an open-source OS and application suite.

NSW school students could be supplied with Linux-based laptops as part of the state's efforts for the Digital Education Revolution [DER].

According to the Australian IT, the president of the NSW Secondary Principals' council has been pushing for laptops running non-proprietary software such as Edubuntu, the version of Ubuntu specifically designed for the education sector.

Up to $56 million could be spent on the laptops, which will be issued to NSW secondary school students.

The laptops could also come pre-installed with a suite of open-source applications such as Open Office, Firefox and Gimp, according to a submission from the Council to the Government.

Google previously won a major Gmail contract with NSW's Department of Education and Training.

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