I was delighted to read that, come late 2007, OpenSUSE – the completely Open-Source project from Novell – is to have an add-on ‘EDU-CD’. This CD will have features similar to the excellent Edubuntu, a derivative of the amazingly successful Linux distribution Ubuntu. In addition, it will have features suggested by the wider community.
A couple of years ago I had some (limited) experience of using Linux in the classroom. I have to say that I think it’s a great solution which schools should be embracing more readily. It can be customised to very specific circumstances and, with the majority of the software being free, constitutes a very cost-effective way of getting computers into institutions with tight budgets.