The Ministry of Education and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía is going to bet heavily on digital education because of the pandemic. For this reason, by order of the General Directorate of Teacher Training and Educational Innovation, it is going to acquire a large number of laptops with the GNU / Linux Guadalines Edu distribution.
Although the Guadalinex version for households it ceased, the Edu project was still very hot. In fact, the new version is expected to be released in a few months. Guadalinex Edu 20.04 (Heroes), with which all these equipment for Andalusian public education can be updated.
Through Centralized Contracting The Board will ensure a large stock of equipment for the classrooms. The idea is that all students could have their equipment in case of a confinement that would avoid face-to-face education. And for this, a catalog of approved equipment for use has been made, since they will not be purchased from a single supplier, but there will be several sources.
In the agreement of the Governing Council of July 28, an order was given to buy 70.000 units, with a value of 45 million euros. It seems that the contract only includes about 71.000 computers at the moment, despite the fact that it was announced that there would be about 150.000 computers. It is likely that the rest would come later with a new contest or if the current ones would be enough.
All those teams have a basic hardware features, with:
- 15 screen "
- Intel Core i3 processor
- 4-8 GB RAM
- 240GB or larger SSD
- Suppliers / Brands / Model (all priced between € 300-400 approx.):
- Informaticamunicaciones SL Project Management - Acer - Travelmate P215-52
- HP Printing And Computing Solutions - HP - ProBook 455
- Informática El Corte Inglés SA - Lenovo - V33015
- Paez Soluciones Integrales SL - HP - ProBook 450
- Servinform SA - ASUS - A542UA
- Solutia Innovaword Technologies SL - Dell - Latitude 3510
- Tekno Service SL - TTL - -
As to operating systemAs I have commented, they would come with Guadalinex Edu, probably version 16.04 or version 20.04 in development.
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The cannibal right does not usually have attitudes like this. In any case welcome.
I do not understand how some equipment is worth € 300-400 and the amount is 45.000.000 divided by 71.000 = Equal to 633, being Linux free and laptops that do not need any other maintenance, more than a brief configuration, which could also be done the same students… they are getting lost between € 250-330 on the way, which for 71.000 comes to 17.000.000, almost nothing, they are already deceiving us again.
After 3 weeks of use:
- I have nothing to say about the hardware plate + processor + disk. An i3 with 8 GB of RAM and a 100 GB SSD are plenty for office automation and what we will need (basically, a web browser and just over 90% of the teaching staff).
- The ones that have reached us are from a Spanish company (TTL), they are Chinese laptops (Chinese, rather) with a terrible quality of materials. Even being for teachers and assuming careful treatment, at the end of the course it will be painful. Plastics are creepy; the hinges, fear.
- The level of security is lamentable: we are made to sign a document in which we promise not to install other software, therefore we have to use the linux distro that they bring by default. Seem right. But, man, at least deliver a somewhat more polished distro. What a mania with outsourcing to companies that know what they do ... instead of pulling an already consolidated distro (like Ubunto, Debian, Manjaro, I don't know) they insist on renaming an Ubuntu and cap it. Sounds good to me, but at least give a laptop with the partition where the user data goes ENCRYPTED and with the possibility of CHANGING THE USER PASSWORD. They come with "user-user", so WE CANNOT LEAVE ANY FILES OR ANY PASSWORD SAVED ON THE LAPTOP. This makes them unusable: I have to enter my Seneca username and password 400 times a day, in addition to Classroom and Moodle. And pull the cloud or a pendrive to carry and bring data.
Format and put W10. Either that or 75.000 laptops to the warehouse. If paying € 100 for a Windows license seems like a waste of money, it is much more wasteful to use 75000 laptops as paperweights, some very expensive paperweights. I suppose that no private company would waste money that way and opt for W10. Cheap is expensive.