Linux Conquers the Canaries

Oct 05, 2007

The Canary Isles now rely almost entirely on Linux in education.

Many Canaries' schools and the major universities all use Kubuntu – a derivate of Ubuntu which uses the KDE desktop. According to the project manager the schools are using Meduxa, which is based on Kubuntu (Breezy Badger), KDE 3.5.6 and a selection of educational software including vocabulary trainers, astronomy software and calculation tools. Canaries' universities use Bardinux, derivative of Kubuntu Feisty Fawn with various add-on packages from various fields of science.

Thus far, 300 schools have deployed Linux, with another 100 to follow by the end of the year. All told, 8000 computers will be running the free operating system on the islands. All 1100 state schools will be moving to the Meduxa operating system by the first half of 2009.

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