What to do with a new machine?October 17, 2006
Mr. Khan wheeled in the last of my 3 new computers. He said he had tried to give it away, but said the other teachers were maxed out and they had to go to specialed teachers. He said that I could do whatever I wanted with it.
I’m sure he didn’t mean take it home and go crazy, but still there are some interesting possibilities. Namely, if you are thinking what I’m thinking…
Could that be my newest desktop linux machine?
I could hook it up to the network intermittently to get downloads and updates as needed, but otherwise it would stand alone, pretty much and run whatever applications I wanted. Trouble is, almost all of the adaptive technology stuff I use is Windows. Older Windows, but still Windows. Intellikeys, Boardmaker, various games I’ve downloaded over the years as well as the touchscreens. Making them all work under Linux would be a major coup because I know of no one else anywhere doing anything like this, porting A.T. for students with severe disabilities to Linux. The bad news is that there wouldn’t be much in the way of support. I’m thinking most things would work with WINE just because the stuff is older, but that’s not a for sure deal.
I think I might just let the machine set a spell until I decide what to do with it. I wish it had a DVD-RW, because then I would definitely be turning it into a multimedia movie making machine . My kids are not huge fans of many movies but they will actually watch themselves for a long time.