how to educate using Linux?
I have been assigned a job to educate the staff(teaching and the non-teaching ) of a University in Faridabad (NCR), India to use Linux as an Operating System at work because of its various benefits. I was supposed to start with the project from the first week of May 2014. It is delayed because of the response from the higher authorities. Now I have got a green signal from all. I will soon post the date on which I am going to start the training. It is more than a year now that I am using Linux and GNOME as its desktop environment. I am really happy about learning and using it. But to make others to enjoy using it would be a real challenging job.
I need to get ready a lab of about 30 PCs. As it is planned that my first batch would be of 30 people. I have been asked about the configurations of the system and the distribution that I would like to get installed on them. Till now I have worked on Linux(ubuntu & fedora) for my personal use only. I don’t know, which distribution and what configuration would be better on the such a big scale. I am really puzzled from where shall I start? what should I teach first? What technique would be effective?
I truly wish to make an impact on my audience. For that I need to do a lot of home work. Any kind of support form the experts would be highly appreciated. Please give me suggestions which distributions and its version would be suitable and what would be the minimum hardware requirements. Of course! GNOME would be installed on each computer system.
Non-teaching staff basically uses ms-office. so I am planning to give 2-3 lectures on open-office. What all should I teach to make people feel comfortable using Linux? I am looking forward for the help.