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[El Reg] 125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

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As the One Laptop Per Child initiative goes from strength to strength around the world, there are signs that Pakistan may be getting the message too, after the Punjab government began handing out 125,000 free Ubuntu-based laptops to college and university freshers.

Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, Umar Saif, said the project was designed to “facilitate better access to educational content and tools”, adding that it was the first project of its kind on such a scale to use open source software.

“Supporting open-source software at this scale, in a country with rampant use of proprietary and pirated software, is bold and laudable. Due to its flexibility, zero-cost and broad-based academic support, open-source software is the de facto standard for college and university students worldwide,” he wrote.

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Y U NO POST IN NEWS SECTION?! thumb.gif
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Y U NO POST IN NEWS SECTION?! thumb.gif

It will get shunned in the news section, and would get very little reads from Window users who don't care about Linux tongue.gif

Might as well not bother them and just post here where people actually want to read things like this?
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no point in dual threads...

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Moved to news section. Fits better here.
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this is great news biggrin.gif
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Yup, especially because it both advances the popularity of Linux among normal users and may prove to reduce the "rampant piracy" of software in the country...

even if only at least 10,000 of those 125,000 decide to stick with Linux and not move to Windows.
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Cool
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I'm not a linux user, but I like this news tongue.gif

The two reasons I don't use linux are probably the same as why most other people don't.
1) It isn't YET easily to quickly flow through the OS as smoothly as windows (not like windows is anything spectacular)
2)Probably the biggest reason, the lack of support for software, drivers, and games on linux. If I start to see alot more stuff like this, hopefully devs will develop for linux, and then I'll be jumping ship!

Monopolies are not fun
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What a nice thing to read first thing in the morning here. thumb.gif

Thanks for the news joshd
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