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[school-discuss] Approaching administration: ammunition needed

My school principal is planning to spend 15K for "Rediker" school
administration software.  I am appalled: we do not have microscopes
for our science department!

I am a GNU/Linux user.  Although I can maintain my personal GNU/Linux
systems, I am reluctant to attempt anything at the school level.
There are people at the school who are interested in using, for
example, Open Office, and some interest in GNU/Linux except not enough
interest to sit down and learn the system.  I have been using
GNU/Linux for at least 12 years; but I am not expert enough to go to
the school administration and say, "XYZ free software can do this and
this and this."  Everything I do with GNU/Linux, I am over my head.

I need armament---information to present to tech people and to the
administration that can convince them that it's not worth it to spend
15K, when a system exists that is being used, and is good enough for
our needs, that is Free or Open Source.  We hae a M$ shop, bascially,
so firmly entrenched (even with awareness of Free Software) that Free
Software is not taken seriously.

Any responses and links I will use to print materials out, to present
to our adminstration.  "Rediker" is used at other schools, so I think
that it will be most useful to look at systems that can do what
Rediker can do, competently.

Thank you,

Alan Davis
Kagman High School
Saipan, N. Mariana Islands

Alan Davis, Kagman High School, Saipan  lngndvs@xxxxxxxxx     1-670-256-2043

I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program I
must share it with other people who like it.
                                         --------Richard Stallman