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Re: [school-discuss] New strategy
I think you are right. My most recent strategy has been to not even
mention Linux (sounds heretical) but to just stress Open Source
Software. In our most recent newsletter to our parents I told them
about using The Gimp, Blender3D, and LyX in class . . . and explained
how Open Source Software is the result of collaborating programmers from
all over the world (hope that was accurate enough) and how these
programs are professional grade software. Then I gave information on
how to download them from the internet.
We are also big OpenOffice fans here, and I will make sure I talk about
that in our next newsletter.
I hope the parents start downloading!!
Two action items we're undertaking for the University where we headquater.
The openoffice.org site was down a little while ago, but on the
homepage, you can find vendors who sell the CD's with nice logos for
less than $1. I believe they will even put your logo on them. Because of
the download time required CD's make nice presents.
We're having 500 made up for the University. We're also getting some
from Sun but they won't have our logo on them.
The Open Source Software Institute will arrange for schools to receive
copies of Star Office 7 and more likely than not, copies of Sun's Desktop.
You just need to provide me with a contact name, shipping address and a
quantity request. Sam Hiser, the director of marketing for OpenOffice
will present those to Sun and have them shipped.
This will have to be a legitimate request from a school, I don't beleve
Sun will honor individual requests. But, I'll find out if we can
establish such a program through USM.
If this turns out to be more than our staff at USM can handle, we'll set
up a mail queue on our Request Tracker system.
Let's see how it goes.
Sam has a meeting scheduled Monday with Sun to go over our side of the
Also, you can fax us at 1-972-692-7392 on your school letterhead.