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Re: [school-discuss] SchoolTool Calendar 0.10 Released


I'd be more than happy to share what I know, as well as any bright ideas that I may come up with. We rely on corporate sponsorship in South Africa for our non-profit work too. But schools often have a range of internal capacity at their disposal: people (staff and students), infrastructure, willingness to learn, willingness of many teachers to put in some hours for free, enthusiasm, the department of education, local businesses and sometimes even a little cash. These and more can be tapped into and combined with corporate funding to make it all happen. Indeed, the long term sustainability of such projects relies on internal enthusiasm, the creation of a committed community of practitioners, to maintain the momentum that corporate sponsorship initiates.

I am visiting New York in September and was hoping to meet with anyone in NYC that is using LTSP, or even just plain Linux in schools. So far my queries, mostly on NYLUG, have led, rather disappointingly, to exactly *zero* results. I am told that I won't have much luck, but I'm not going to give up that easily, although I may have to broaden my search parameters to include anyone that's interested in introducing LTSP/Linux in schools even if they have not actually implemented it yet. Perhaps my intended learning visit will still turn into an evangelism tour!

If anyone on this list can steer me in the right direction I'd be happy.

On 18 Jun 2005, at 1:07 AM, Steve Hargadon wrote:


I'm really interested in doing in the US what you have done.

I want to call it "100 days, 100 schools."  We have a big enough list
here of people that I think we could pull it off if we could find a
corporate sponsor.

Keep in touch with me, if you would, should you have any brainstorms.



On 6/16/05, Edward Holcroft <edward@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


As Al already mentioned, k12ltsp.org is the place to start, but I can
say i have installed over 30 computer labs based on K12 ltsp (It's
built on Fedora) all over South Africa and know of well over a
hundred more. These sites are using it to great effect. As far as I'm
concerned it's the best thing since sliced bread. Now the folk at
Ubuntu Linux are working something called edubuntu that they claim
will surpass everything else including K12LTSP - it's one of Mark
Shuttleworth's philanthropical interventions.

In short, LTSP turns throwaway old Pentium 1's into perfectly good
workstations again, probably adding another five years to their life.
I cannot praise K12LTSP highly enough. Of course if you want to roll
your own, you can just go to ltsp.org and install LTSP on top of your
favorite distro.

On 16 Jun 2005, at 9:40 PM, Robert Griffith wrote:

I'm new here.  What's the K12LTSP 4.2.1?

On Jun 16, 2005, at 10:45 AM, Edward Holcroft wrote:

This tool is included in the latest K12LTSP 4.2.1. Seems to hold
promise for bigger things.

On 16 Jun 2005, at 3:49 PM, Doug Loss wrote:

Someone was asking a bit ago about school timetable software.
This might be of interest:


Steve Hargadon
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