The Government presented this Friday Huayra 5.0, the first free operating system developed for netbooks of the plan Juana Manso, which promises to deliver 633,000 netbooks nationwide.
Huayra (which in Quechua means “wind) is part of the Juana Manso Federal Plan, which depends on the Ministry of Education, it will come pre-installed in the computers that are designed for school tasks and general productivity.
It is a continuity of the Connect Equality plan: “It is a free software operating system based on Debian GNU / Linux, developed from the needs of students, teachers and the educational community in general “, they explained from the official development.
Earlier this month, Clarion He traveled to Tierra del Fuego to learn about the computers that are being manufactured in the national territory.
Javier Castrillo, Huayra coordinator at Educ.ar, explained in the presentation the history of the operating system and how it was built from “the idea of generating added value to netbooks that began to be distributed throughout the country as part of the Connect Equality program in 2010”.
Huayra 5.0, the operating system for the Juana Manso plan computers. Photo Linux
“Throughout our country we saw how girls and boys appropriated Huayra, which was not an operating system so that they could only download and use it, but a federal construction. We received affection and support, and also criticism, and a dizzying job began, “explained Castrillo.
“Together we are going to do a increasingly federal operating system, increasingly localized, with the imprint of each place. And we will be there to build together, “added Castrillo.
“For me it is a day of great emotion, with a huge panorama, because we know everything to come. It is a construction and a historic opportunity, which as usual do not occur many times in life. Huayra is free for you to be too “, he closed.
The Minister of Education, Nicolás Trotta, was also present at the event: “In this sense, we decided to reincorporate Huayra as a tool of the State, in an area of pedagogical and technological sovereignty“he declared.
“We believe that it is very important to rescue the best practices of the Connect Equality Program in a scenario that today is different, in which technology has another place, especially for the changes that 2020 and 2021 brought“, explained during the presentation Laura Marés, general manager of Educ.ar.
The event was also attended by Mayra Botta, Educ.ar Content and Training Manager, Verónica Piovani, Undersecretary of Educational Management and Quality, and Pablo Fondevilla, who was director of the Conectar Igualdad program: “Huayra returns to the educational system hand in hand with the Plan Juana Manso. It fills me with emotion, “he said.
Through the operating system you can access 14 GB of content, with more than a thousand digital educational resources and reference material for students and teachers.
And an interesting point is that it will include information about grooming, Comprehensive Sexual Education (ESI) and issues that are currently at the center of educational debates.
How are computers
For reference, it is a computer with 11.6-inch screen, Intel Celeron processor N4020 2.8 GHz, 4 GB of RAM (DDR4) and 240 GB solid state storage. The company specializing in microprocessors launched it at the end of 2019.
The Celeron are processors designed “for use at home, online classes and office work with productivity applications,” explained Ezequiel Bartelemi, Intel technical engineer, to Clarion. They do not have the power of the Intel Core series, but because for these tasks it is not needed. With 4GB of RAM runs fine, even though today’s standard is 8GB.
The important thing is that, in this case, video calls do well, something key for distance education. And this is not minor, since video calls are demanding at the resource level.
On the other hand, the storage space of these 1.3 kg equipment is a bit small, yes: 240GB. But it is true that if you work with cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox, reach and spare.
Connect Equality, the Government’s connectivity plan. Photo Juano Tesone
These computers also come with two ports USB 3.0 and an HDMI port. The battery should last about 10 hours.
Browsing educational sites will have no additional cost if you browse with mobile data. With these features, educational tasks should be able to be covered without problems.
The operating system, as explained, is a Linux distribution called Huayra. It will come with version 5.0.
What is the Juana Manso Plan
Huayra 5.0, part of the Juana Manso plan
“Juana Manso is the Federal Plan of the Ministry of Education that provides technology to the educational system with connectivity programs, equipment, teacher training proposals in ICTs and a virtual platform educational free navigation “, they explain from their official site.
In addition, they highlight that it is “a repository of open educational content, created collaboratively by all the provinces of the country, and a system of virtual classrooms for teachers to prepare their classes online and carry out innovative and inclusive teaching practices “.
“The teachers of public and private schools in Argentina can request their username and start using the platform. In addition, they can set up their classes remotely, publish content and tasks for their students, communicate virtually by message or videoconference and grade the tasks, among other practices, “they add.
It was presented at the beginning of May by the President of the Nation, Alberto Fernández.