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Re: [school-discuss] convincing school ITs to try Linux

Thanks Daniel,
I will work to line up a few of my more skeptical
Administrators/Superintendents to talk to her when she has the time. I
appreciate the info.

In regard to your comment; I would appreciate any help, you, or any
other list member could provide, for a school outsider to promote open
source in schools without suffering from the label "consultant". In
effect I am someone looking to make a living by saving school districts
money, and I realize I have an uphill battle, but I was hoping the fact
that I am not an education insider would not impact my effectiveness.
Your comment hints to the fact that it has and will continue to do so. I
think saving schools money, and improving student education through open
source software is a goal that should not be hampered by the fact a
for-profit company is trying to do it. I hoped that by volunteering some
of my knowledge and contacts both in schools, and through sites like
schoolforge, would help to dispel some of the misconceptions about small
business people like myself. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Chris Gregan
Open Source Consultant/Founder
Aptenix LLC Desktop Solutions
New Market MD 21774

"Open source, open minds."

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Justin wrote:
> Daniel Howard wrote:
>> Justin just asked me for my contact info, and I'm happy to offer it
>> on the list for anyone who wants me to talk to their school folk
>> about what we did with FLOSS here in Atlanta and why I feel it worked
>> so well. FYI, I formed GOSEF after we did all that at Brandon, not
>> the other way around.  I really knew very little about Linux and Open
>> Source Software when William and I started.  It just looked like the
>> best solution to our problems.
> Thanks Daniel.  Your ability to effectively present and discuss FLOSS
> to IT and non-IT types within various levels of school administration
> is clear given the continued success in Atlanta.  I hope people take
> you up on this!