|| ||"Russo, Antonio-Javier" <rssnnjs14-AT-scuola.alto-adige.it>|
|| ||Upgrade to free software for italian schools in South Tyrol|
|| ||Wed, 31 Aug 2005 12:56:35 +0200|
During the months of July and August 2005, all the computer
infrastructure of all italian schools in the Autonomous Province of
Bozen has been upgraded, using the free operating system FUSS Soledad
GNU/Linux. This operating system is a customization, made by a team of
experts for the South Tyrol's schools, of the most famous Debian
GNU/Linux  distribution of the desktop environment GNOME.
The peculiarity of this upgrade and his strongness is the free license
 used to redistribute the entire operating system and all the
This initiative, supported and funded by the Italian Scholastic
Intendancy of the Province of Bozen , the European Social Fund 
and the Center for Professional Formation in italian language CTS "Luigi
Einaudi" , with the partecipation of all the public and private
schools, will give to all the students, families, teachers and operators
from the educational world, the opportunity to easily use a entirely
free operating system, both at school and at home.
Beside the accurate selection of the multi-language software added into
the distribution, about 20 thousand live-cd will be delivered to
students and teachers, with the collaboration of Alpikom . All the
students and families will have, for free, the same software environment
and all the applications used in the computer classes at school.
This process of introducing to this new operating system and to free
software in general into the several educational activities will be
supported by a specialized team during the whole academic year
2005/2006. The main task to be accomplished by this team will be to
offer support and to develop reaserch tasks, both on the technical and
the educational aspect, for all the educational units.
The switch to the new operating system will be facilitated, starting
September 2005, by several courses for all the schools operators, and
almost 40 installation party, to have all the people involved in the
education world to know this peculiar version of the GNU/Linux operating
system. This occasion will let everyone to have their computer system
installed, legally and for free, the FUSS Soledad operating system.
The project, on top of the great didactic and pedagogical research
effort made by the Intendacy, will offer to the schools an important
choice towards knowledge freedom and share, free software solutions, to
give a full-life right to learn, increasing freedom for all the users to
use, copy, redistribute and modify the software and the operating system
without any restrictions.
The activity is coordinated by Paolo Zilotti and Antonio J. Russo,
supported by the excellent technical staff guided by Christopher R.
Gabriel of Truelite srl , which has completed the deployment of 2.460
PCs in 23 working days, guaranteeing an high quality standard defined in
the analisys phase of the project.
For the Province Council Member for italian schools Luisa Gnecchi and
the Scholastic Intendant Prof. Bruna Rauzi Visintin, this project will
introduce an higher quality level on the pedagogical aspect and a
fundamental choice towards a more dynamic and distributed use of
Free Software is a cultural and professional enrichment that can't be
excluded from the education world. A choice strongly supported also by
the department director Dott. Barbara Repetto and the director of the
CTS "Luigi Einaudi" Dott. Giandomenico Sbop.
For more informations:
 Debian Project: http://www.debian.org/
 Gnome Project: http://www.gnome.org
 The free software: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
 Intendenza Scolastica italiana:
 Fondo Sociale Europeo:
 CTS "Luigi Einaudi": http://www.cts-einaudi.it/
 Alpikom Spa: http://www.alpikom.it
 Truelite Srl: http://www.truelite.it
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