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Our school has 850 students, 30 ICT classroom computers, 9 staff workstation computers and a few office ones all with Windows XP professional (except for the 30 computer room ones with Windows '98). All the 30 classroom teachers take their own classes in the computer room and our ICT teacher is ONLY available to help the classes IF he is not "Servicing or Fixing" a PC machine - which takes up more than half his day every day mind you! Our ICT teacher is a great person and dedicated to Windows PCs, he is very busy at our school maintaining these so adored PCs. In fact, so busy at times he literally RUNS around our school between repair jobs. Our school intercom will call for him between 2 and 10 (or more) times per day, without fail. Not to forget the one or two part time computer techs. that regularly are on site when the jobs are too big for our taecher/ICT man. I have 12 RISC OS machines for !Sibelius music in my music department. The class teachers come with their class to music and assist me with the programme. Each class has two students in the Music Club who are trained to support and lead their class with their teacher. I start the classes and help supervise them in our RISC OS music lab while I also teach one of the 50 Woodwind / Brass instrumental music groups. This is possible with RISC OS to run a "One Man Band" music department, because RISC OS simplicity and reliability. As many of you may know, I do not much more to the RISC OS computers other than turn them off and back on again if the children freeze or crash them. I could not do what I do in music if I had Windows PC computers, like our school PC's most of them are only 3 years (at the most) old and every day one or more causes major problems. Our school ICT teacher tried my idea of having two children in each class (Music Club) to maintain the computer room in his high level of absence (too busy fixing PCs) Boy, "Nightmare on Elm Street" changing to all PC's only. "A catch 22 situation?" In the last few Drobe articles, much is said about what RISC OS has and doesn't have compared to PC's, which is why people are leaving RISC OS - and why few if none are coming to RISC OS!?!? Only yesterday, a New Zealand MSN news article was concerned to ALL computer users to protect themselve more against viruses and worms on the internet. Aren't we naturally immune to internet viruses, if this is true, why don't more PC users know or care about this point!?!? A sad article here, an end of an era for RISC OS at school. I do wonder if over these past years, if any of these children that were exposed to RISC OS ever bought a RISC OS machine? The best suggestion that comes to my mind, is maybe Castle ought to consider "stealing" the name "Windows 2005" for their next years release??? If it's not too late??? Anyway, your turn for comments.... Cheers, Steve. :grin:

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 9/6/04 4:03AM
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