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Re: [school-discuss] Answering Rasjid
You might consider a startegy we're using in local governments.
On Friday 05 December 2003 10:53 am, Marilyn Hagle wrote:
This is sort of Jerry Springer stuff, but in reality, much of the
resisitance to Linux/Open Source in education comes from power stuggles,
professional jealousy and other ridiculous motivators. Common sense,
cost, efficiency . . . what is good for the students . . . these things
are not factors.
You write the truth. I'm on the K-8 school board in Hartford, Wisconsin.
'Tis a job, let me tell you, to get the tech director and teachers to even
LOOK at open source, much less to buy into it.
I am convinced that common sense, cost, efficiency, and the good of the
students are the last things on the minds of many teachers and staff while
making decisions both about technology and other topics. (These are my
opinions, and I do not presume to speak officially for the school board!)
We shall continue to fight the good fight because, in the end, I believe that
truth will win. More and more people are getting hacked about the cost of
software -- and the lack of compatibility between versions of MS packages.
We're finding everything from Intel 386 machines running Win 3.11 with
Office 4.2 to Win95 with Office 95 to Win98 with Office 2000. Then newer
machines wind up in the managers and directors hands. So, a new machine
gets purchased and Joe Blow gets a new XP with Office 2003.
When they send a word document out, their staffs can't open them.
So, in a few locals people have installed OpenOffice. According to one
of my associates, locals have about 65% compatibility within the
enterprise. But with OpenOffice it goes up to 95%.
Here's the more interesting part - some people have started using
OpenOffice as their default. This happened in an engineering department
with whom work. And, the admins have just put Linux on the desktops of
the people who have familiarity with OpenOffice and they just liked it.
Something about the old metal running faster.
OpenOffice 1.1 runs well and it is free as in beer and as in software.
Does this mean, I just spammed you? Funny, people have different
opinions about what spam is, but I'm past that.
If this works, please send a donation to Openoffice. Now, it's official.