The San Calixto School now has their first computer lab. They saved 40% on hardware as compared to a traditional PC-per-station solution, and benefited from additional savings on software by choosing a Linux solution over Microsoft Windows.
The staff and students at San Calixto School are very happy with the new computer lab and are enjoying the free educational applications included with Userful MultiSeat Linux. "All the educational software is a big, big plus, and the tools to monitor and control the lab couldn't be more useful, " said Juan Carlos, "yes, Windows also has that, but with Windows you have to pay expensive licenses to get it."
According to Juan Carlos, it was initially challenging to get some teachers that already knew how to work on Windows to use the Linux computers. However, by showing these teachers that applications like the Firefox browser work the same in Linux and Windows, and that OpenOffice is equivalent to Microsoft Office, he has been able to help these teachers enjoy a smooth transition to Linux. Some teachers have even asked to get Linux put on their own computers so that they don't have to worry about viruses. The students didn't show any hesitation to Linux. They are eager to learn new things and use different educational applications, without a care about which Operating System they are working on.
The new lab has been such a success that San Calixto School is planning to install a second Useful MultiSeat Linux computer lab. The new lab will also be 24 stations, but will use only 4 computer boxes for a total of 6 computer stations per PC.