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Re: [school-discuss] Answering Rasjid


OSSI has a couple of initiatives in the works to acquire hardware for schools. One of those could be part of the "No Child Left behind Act". I'll write to you off-line since the negotiations are sensitive at the moment.

cfiaime@cfiaime.com wrote:
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.