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Re: [school-discuss] More: Things teachers like . . .
Marilyn Hagle wrote:
Yes . . . you are right. They allow me to use it in my lab, and I am
thankful for that.
It is a bit more complicated than that . . . I was the tech facilitator
for all elementary schools 10 years ago . . . married my boss - the tech
director & had to become a teacher again (its a Texas thing) . . .
husband later became director of purchasing . . . current tech director
probably lets me do Linux stuff because of my husband .. . but I have
always been out there as a threat to the tech administrators I suppose .
. . I try to stay out of their way and be as cooperative as possible. .
. also I have to be a good girl because husband is in central
administration . . . soap opera stuff . . .
Seems immoral to me however that my school district is cutting teachers,
and programs while not considering savings in software. I hope
SB1579(?) comes back to life and makes gov agencies consider all
Enjoyed your article about Open Source. It helped me understand how it
If you're in Texas then I'm surprised that the Director has gone against
the DIR's recommendations. One of the things that came out of the work
on our bill was this directive:
The United States, European Commission, and other nations have started
addressing the use of Open Source solutions in public sector and
e-government applications. Many of the applications used in government
could be obtained and improved using the Open Source model (e.g.,
registration, licensing, certification, permitting). This should support
purchasing best value solutions and removing the reliance on an
individual information technology vendor.
Agencies should consider Open Source solutions in information technology
procurements, and the criteria for selecting a specific solution should
be based on best value. Agencies should use products that support open
standards and specifications in all applications. Agencies should
consider obtaining full rights to the software code it procures wherever
this achieves best value.
Also, we have this one:
Open Source Solutions and Resources
Even though we have some directives, I still would recommend that you
refrain from making this an issue at work. Others have in Texas and got
worse than a threat.
I promise, however, that SB 1579 has not gone away and that our
legislative sponsors will be on a crusade this year.
You'll also see some changes that your director can't ignore.
That's all I can say. Except, Sam Hiser has a great interview with the
Vice Chairman of Novell: