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Strange week of OS installs

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This week I had several operating system installs under my belt. The last and most notable of these was OS X Lion from Apple. However the first was my second attempt to play with Google’s ChromeOS.

Google officially released it’s ChromeOS and ChromeBooks back in on the 15th of June this year. They had announced ChromeOs last year at Google iO (the Google developers conference). As with Chrome the browser ChromeOS is open source and released to the public as Chromium and ChromiumOS, you can find both of them here http://www.chromium.org/ Both of these Chromium options are the nightly builds on which Google feeds the Google Chrome Browser and the ChromeBooks ChromeOS.

A month or 2 after Google iO last year there were a couple of ChromiumOS builds floating around the net that could be booted from USB giving early lookers a chance to see what it was Google was doing. All you needed was a computer running a version of Linux and you could play. At the time I did have a play but never really did much with it.

With the official release of the ChromeBook we in Australia missed out, none are for sale. So I decided to have another crack at ChromeOS. After some quick searching I found this article on Life Hacker which takes you through the steps of running a ChromiumOS build.

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July 23rd, 2011 at 12:07 am

Chaplain’s versus Laptops

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The Digital Education Revolution is dead; its death will take place sometime in December 2011 when Kevin Rudd’s original promise is reached and all that will be left is 20 million dollars of support for infrastructure for a two year period. At the same budget reading we heard about a nation wide drive for Chaplains in schools. Where did we as educators go wrong? I have strong memories from 1985 at high school of scripture class as it was called at the time and the issues that caused for those students who did or did not attend. Why is it back and Federal supported and funded at what blatantly appears to be at the cost of future proofing the nation and my retirement?

The death of the revolution will hurt me and teachers who, like me teach Computer Science based subjects. We teach the students how to use the trucks (thanks to Steve Jobs for that gem) that drive the worlds computing. The revolution in NSW brought equity to schools and their students. In NSW the revolution saved me from having to win a fight with my English faculty over spending $20,000 on the full Adobe Creative Suite which I was never going to win. It provided my students with a computer that was not restrained by what is now a 10 year old operating system which is XP, which by the way still has a massive strangle hold on my region which I cannot explain when other regions in NSW already are running the same hardware on Windows 7 and they could take them home and continue to work and learn through complex problems. What makes it even more painful is that this years cohort where the most excited since the revolution began and realised from the start of the limitations of their new learning tool.

These fore mentioned trucks (destop PC’s) have continued funding under T4L and wont be disappearing anytime soon, the only question mark over the T4L is the extra software contracts NSW picked up as part of the revolution and what is their expiry date.

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The cloud is coming……..

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Well the cloud is coming and faster then I first thought.

Google today announced that it will be delivering a new OS [Operating System] to the world next year. The Google Chrome OS [Google’s official blog] will be delivered via the Google Chrome browser. The concept is that all your applications and files will be on the cloud [Internet]. The Chrome OS will be open-source and standard on some netbooks from the middle of next year.

Has the DET backed the right pony??

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July 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am