I am most interested in this project for two reasons.
1. I have been doing some substitute teaching this year at two schools where I was previously employed. At one small school the tech person is a friend who dabbles in Linux . . . she had me setup a FOG server for her while I was working there one week. She has the Gimp on computers for her yearbook students. Anyway, at that school, a sixth grade boy was doing a special project using Windows Paint (how pitiful!) - you know the basic art package. He does not have Internet access at home so I told him I would bring him a CD with some great art packages.
2. The state legislature is psycho here in Texas and is cutting funding for education even more next year. Our local 2A school has to cut $500,000 for next year. That amounts to 15 jobs easily at Texas wages. They already have a bare bones staff. I think we need to launch a ¨Save Teacher Jobs, Use Open Source Software¨ campaign.
On 17.03.2012 05:53am, Justin Riddiough wrote:
I'm not sure if this has been covered yet, but NCOSE has worked on resources specifically for getting FLOSS information into peoples hands at conferences. Bryant chimed in this thread, and so I would wonder if there is something that would provide a collaboration point that folks could use at multiple conferences. I liked the idea of a little booklet that could be handed out, with options such as downloading an iso image of the collection or providing the opportunity to check out and install the software ala carte.
If there is effort into providing a cd, it could possibly also be something where a booklet is provided, but if someone wants the cd we use that as an opportunity to ask them to join the discuss list in exchange (at least give it a try).. We obviously aren't asking them for $$, so I think it's entirely fair and would benefit us to ask for invite participation for the service of the cd's.
Also it could be a spin off project, a 'conference advocate kit' Where groups that would like to promote FLOSS in education could have a pre-packaged option that they could order up (scenario, they request 400 booklets, 200 cds, stickers, etc that they could hand out to folks they have the chance to chat with.On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM, David Bucknell <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
We can help you with the server needs, Laura. Just say what you need. We have version control (GIT and Subversion) capability.
----- Message from lmemsm@xxxxxxxxx ---------
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:07:06 -0400
From: LM <lmemsm@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [school-discuss] Open Source CD distribution
To: schoolforge-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx----- End message from lmemsm@xxxxxxxxx-----> Before I'd purchase any CDs, I'd check if there's a market. Most
> people may just want the ISO image and to download and make the CDs
> themselves. If we have the space on a server, we could offer our own
> ISO images (CDs or DVDs). We would have to keep the software in the
> collection relatively up-to-date to be useful though.
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM, Bryant Patten
> <opensource@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> We do have that prize money which could front the cost for the first set of
>> CDs./ DVDs. Not sure how we would deal with shipping them out.
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