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Re: [school-discuss] school fund-raising issues question
On Thu, 2005-03-24 at 20:41, Michael Dean wrote:
> tom poe wrote:
> >Hi: I'm a strong advocate of Open Source in schools, along with a lot
> >of other idiosyncrasies, I suppose. I wonder if the topic of school
> >fund-raising and Free or Open Source Software [FOSS] (I haven't searched
> >the archives) has, or is, of interest to list members?
> along with school funding, there is a major issue of maintenance and
> upgrades, with our school's vendor telling us he is unsure that he would
> bid on after installation support of linux systems. WE currently pay a
> flat fee of $5000 per year for two major Dell servers and about 200 Dell
> desktops, which includes unlimited physical troubleshooting visits.
> With regard to money, the conversion from NT to the new subscription
> fees Microsoft has offered schools drains a huge amount of money from
> the schools budget.
> >A low-end PC based computer...
> >There are literally tens of thousands of volunteers around the world to
> >step in to provide both technical and training support. Thus, it seems,
> >this is one of those too good to be true thingys for school
> >administrators to consider. The only unique aspect of this approach, is
> >that we're interested in putting Free or Open Source Software to use in
> >the schools for a specific purpose, unrelated directly to education in
> >the classroom. However, if you look close, you'll find that the
> >projects would provide a good foundation for presenting the features of
> >FOSS in a receptive audience, the school administrators, who just might
> >find it easier to expand the use of the computers to enable kids to use
> >them for educational learning programs in the classroom. Does that make
> >sense? I think marketing types would call that a "hook". :)
> >My question is, is this something the list members have experience
> >with? If so, I'd sure like to learn more from you folks.
> >There's an interesting variation on the theme above, with a CD called,
> >Studio to Go! (I think that's the name). I understand it costs about
> >USD$50. The nice thing about it, is, it includes an interactive
> >tutorial to Rosegarden4, which, alone, is invaluable, in my opinion.
> Could you please give me a url for Studio to Go!
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