It's 11:30pm and I'm starting a post. I'm a glutton for punishment. I'm pretty much exhausted. I've been working long hours to try and figure out what's going wrong with the image on the netbooks for Manaiakalani.
It turns out I've been a little remiss. Still, it's all fairly easy to fix so it's not too much of a problem. If you can fix it, why stress about it?
So I've been thinking about the Ubuntu, a distribution of Linux, and it's place in the grand scheme of things. One of the bits that has me concerned is age appropriateness.
It's interesting that for a lot of applications, their default options seem to point at Facebook. I'm not sure if you're aware of the restrictions on Facebook but you must be over 13 to use the service. This is a legal matter. There is no way a primary or intermediate school could endorse the service to it's students.
Besides which - there's still that problem of them calling it a "social" network.
So Ubuntu has a crapload of packages in it's repositories which have to be rejected by schools. Take, for example, photo management software which is capable of uploading images. They ALL have facebook as their default option.
So I've suggested that perhaps we (This is a non-specific we. I've talked to one of the Linux User Groups and a principal down in Warrington about this) should be looking to create a repository of packages to customize Ubuntu for people of school age. We could then provide schools with their own "remix" package. So the school decides what they want on their computers (and what's blacklisted). Brilliant.
Now... if only I can find the time...