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[school-discuss] Catalogue of Educational Open Source Applications
With the permission of the Open Source Victoria (OSV) team in
Australia, I reformatted their Free Software Catalog to 8.5 x 11
dimensions and published it on LuLu. I had originally planned to just
print a copy locally or to have Staples or Kinkos print me a copy but
it turns out it was much, MUCH cheaper to publish it on LuLu. Then I
began to think that other people might want a 'dead-tree' version as
well so I contacted the OSV team and asked permission to publish it via
LuLu. Here is the result:
It is available free as a PDF download or, if you don't want to burn
out your color printer, LuLu will print you a color copy for US$16.68.
This is the direct cost of printing - there is no royalty involved.
To be clear, this 'cooperative' effort is 99.99% OSV and 0.01% White
Nitro but it was great fun to receive the first draft copy.
I realize it is out of date before it is printed but it really is more
of a marketing piece than a reference guide. I showed it to several
people, including teachers, and it is really surprising what a
difference it makes to have a physical book in their hands with full
color pages displaying hundreds screen shots from Open Source
programs. It really inspires a 'Wow - this is like Christmas!' kinda
feeling in a way that a PDF on a screen or a website doesn't quite do.
It also allows the information to reach people that would never read an
80 page document off of their screen.
The OSV team really did an amazing job creating this document. I am
planning to update the LuLu published copy periodically as OSV updates
the underlying file.
There is also a black and white version (which is US$ 10.00 less
[On a completely different note...]
One parting question: How much overlap is there between:
Is there enough overlap of membership to cause considerable irritation
with a cross-post? If so, which list is best for a general 'Open
Source and Education' announcement like the one above?