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Re: [school-discuss] convincing school ITs to try Linux
Great! I think a listing like this would offer a value to SchoolForge
members. As for the details:
* Gives website visitors a way to connect with someone that can answer
questions and provide ideas to get started
Even more so, would give someone a reference for a similar project.
Contacts outside their own region to others who have already gone
through what they are about to.
* Support is a source of income for many FLOSS software projects
* For-profit support organizations are part of the FLOSS ecosystem
I think these are important, especially the projects themselves. We
would not have all of this great software without the project people
providing it. (In most cases, without making a dime) If a support
network could somehow be leveraged to help the projects with a micro
payment scheme, or something along those lines eventually, I think it
would be a boon for education based developers. Schoolforge has a lot
of combined knowledge, we should look to ways it can be used to its
* Down the road, if SchoolForge becomes a non-profit organization,
could this present any complications?
I'm not sure how. The legal aspects of running a non-profit would have
to be worked out with a lawyer, but there is no law that says people
cannot make a living working for a non-profit.
* When the time comes that someone else is leading and working with
SchoolForge, could this present any complications?
Leadership changes are always tough, but if the site is pulling it's
own weight I don't see anyone fiddling with the foundation. The key
with anything is establish a stable footing then build up. A new
leader might expand the offerings, but no successful leader would
consider undermining a working system on purpose.
* Who's who? What should be the threshold for presenting a support
organization? Maybe an endorsement by either a school or a FLOSS
I think community reports are just great. An open referral service, if
you will. I think anyone should be allowed to post their
qualifications, but the more your services have been used and referred
by X clients, the higher your rating will go on the site. Add
endorsements from those who come to the group with specific questions,
and you have a fairly robust way of promoting knowledgeable service
providers that is self-policing. I'm not sure what tech could be used.
The digg.com system works ok, or something like the Ebay seller
ratings would work just fine.
Open Source Migration Specialist/Founder
Aptenix Desktop Solutions
New Market, MD
"Open source, open minds."
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