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Re: First in a series

Hello and Greetings All,

Please go to my web page for a brief intro to me...don't mean to be curt


George Cingolani


On Sun, 8 Nov 1998, Douglas Loss wrote:

> I have a number of thoughts on this mailing list and on educational uses of Linux, which I'm
> going to post in separate messages so that if any of them generate useful discussions the
> threads won't be intermixed.
> My first thought is that all of us on this mailing list ought to send a short introductory
> message telling about ourselves and our interest in Linux and education.  I'll start.
> I'm 46 years old and have two stepchildren (in their 20s and making their own ways in the
> world) and one 6 year old son.  I work as the Data Network Coordinator (a fancy title given
> in lieu of an increase in compensation) for Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.  I started
>  using Linux about 2 years ago when I needed to replace an obsolete home system.  That system
>  was an AT&T 3b1, an abortive attempt at a unix-based desktop computer.  I refuse to have any
>  software that puts a penny in Microsoft's coffers in my house (I haven't had any since the
> Radio Shack TRS-80 days), so Linux was an obvious choice.
> However, using Linux as a home computer brought up the question of how to use it to further
> Stefan's education.  I bought a copy of Executor, a Macintosh emulator.  I find that it can
> run a significant percentage of Mac software, although I can't easily predict which programs
> will and which won't run.  That kind of chills the purchase of software, as you generally
> can't return it once you've opened it.  For that reason I started to look for native Linux
> educational programs.
> As you surely realize, I didn't find any.  That lead me to start advocating Linux ports to
> various educational software companies, which prompted the Commercial Port Advocacy HOWTO.  A
>  question one of the companies I approached asked prompted Roger to start the lu-news
> project.  The overall topic struck a responsive chord with a number of people.  Hence this
> mailing list.
> That's about it for me.  Who's next?
> --
> Doug Loss            An idealist is one who, on noticing that
> dloss@csrlink.net    roses smell better than cabbage, concludes
> (717) 326-3987       that they will also make better soup.
>                         H. L. Mencken