Sunday, February 22, 2009

Windows V Edubuntu: The Battle Begins

I really enjoyed wiping Windows of my computer last week and installing Edubuntu, an Linux distribution of Ubuntu that comes bundled with lots of applications suitable for use in the classroom. But I keep finding that I need to use Windows for so many tasks that I have previously taken for granted and I haven't worked out how to do the same tasks using Linux. I have also found that the drivers required for some hardware such as IWBs doesn't seem to be available yet in Linux. This has meant that I have had to install Windows as well on my computer and boot to either Windows or Edubuntu depending on what I need to do. What happens if I boot to Windows to use a IWB? I keep using Windows and revert to my old ways of doing things. Hopefully this will pass but it reminds me that moving to using Linux all the time as an Operating System (OS) means a lot of relearning for me and a lot of time. Time is never easy to come by when you are a teacher but I will battle on. Why bother? It's all about choice. I want to be able to have a choice in terms of OS and not feel that Windows is the only computer environment where I can work comfortably and I also like the idea of free software, especially for schools.