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Re: [school-discuss] Answering Rasjid

On Friday 05 December 2003 05:20 pm, Tom Adelstein wrote:

> OpenOffice 1.1 runs well and it is free as in beer and as in software.

Greetings Tom,

In my day job I teach computer science at Concordia University Wisconsin.  
Slowly but surely I've been introducing Linux to the campus hierarchy, and I 
use it extensively in my courses.  Lets face it, teaching programming 
languages could get expensive if not for the various open source compiliers 
which are available.

The college of education has discovered OpenOffice in part because of my 
prompting.  I've used both StarOffice 5.2 and OpenOffice in class and agree 
that it is the only way to go.

Two weeks ago we had an installfest as part of a hardware class.  Fifteen 
students -- not all from the class -- came to eat pizza, drink soda pop, and 
install Linux on a goodly number of new and old machines.  They are spreading 
the word, too.

The same hardware class, plus a couple of other students, are helping me with 
an LTSP demo for the school district.  We are starting to get a foot in the 
door, it just takes time.

I like your idea of finding the old computer systems that are running Windows 
3.11 or Windows 95 and upgrading the software.  That helps the organization 
and each user.

Thanks for your comments.
jeff williams - cfiaime@cfiaime.com
                cfiaime@nconnect.net (going away soon)