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Re: [school-discuss] FW: OpenOffice in education
Tom Adelstein wrote:
I think Cameron is saying he prefers Free.
Thanks for clearing that up Tom. I think the main issue is that in
education, real value comes from the FLOSS nature of OO. Education is
going to be more open to solutions that are, well, more open. I think
SUN should concentrate big SO incentives for business and government
sectors, while supporting OO penetration into education. Sure some
school business programs and school administrations will opt for SO
over MS Office or OO, but for many education uses SO and MSO are
overkill, while OO is good enough and "free".
Cameron, I respect your opinion, but it makes no sense to me. More open?
Neither of those concepts apply here. The opportunity for educators to
obtain a quality product like Star Office versus MS Office doesn't
negate the Open Source roots of the former product. The products use
the same code base and SO is far more polished. You'll also find
educational templates available for SO. The So for kids site offers
better educational materials. Also:
If my child brings Star Office home and I see it and go for it, then the
community seems served. Getting Open Office from my child just says that
I can get an inferior product for free, also.
Open Office has lots of positives and extends the availablity beyond the
few platforms and localities of SO. But for the US and Western Europe,
Sun obviously would prefer SO disseminated via the educational community.
Of course if you prefer to support Microsoft, that's another matter.
I am new to the [school-discuss] list having transferred from the
[seul-edu] list. When the [seul-edu] list closed, I read the
schoolforge.net site slogan - "Working together to unleash the power of
open source tools in education" so was happy to transfer and participate
I am a free/open source software advocate. Whilst my preferred platform
is Linux, I use Windows as I can invite many more people to explore
free/open source software on this platform. Linux can come later :)
One of the most interesting discussions is free as in beer vs free as in
freedom, particularly in an educational setting.
With Free/OSS, students and teachers are empowered. They have the
opportunity to participate and make a difference. A simple example of
this wrt to OpenOffice.org is a student burning a copy of OpenOffice.org
to give to a friend, designing a template or clipart for distribution
with the next release of OpenOffice.org (on an individual or class
basis), participating on the [users] list at openoffice.org and
assisting others. And that only touches surface of how to participate in
Also, I volunteer with a group called Computer Angels. We provide
training and computers to people that often do not have friends, family
or even acquaintances that have a computer. It's wonderful to see their
surprise at finding a whole community of people out there that share
their knowledge and interest. Here I am not talking about
OpenOffice.org, but AbiWord, Gnumeric, Sylpheed, GIMP etc.
If we are just going to discuss $, then we are missing out on a whole
lot more that is available with Free and OSS.
All the best
Community Contact, Australia/New Zealand
OpenOffice.org Marketing Project (www.openoffice.org)
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