[CALUG] Let's Advocate Open-Source to the HCPSS Technology Advisory Committee

Randy Melton rmelton at atmel.com
Wed May 31 11:35:40 CDT 2006

I think I remember this being the goal of theopencd.org


On Wednesday 24 May 2006 07:54, Ray Lischner wrote:
> On Tuesday 23 May 2006 03:57 pm, Kelly Price wrote:
> > If HCPSS needs newer PC's, but
> > the cost is an issue, this may help sway them.
> I don't think cost is an issue. The school district has already made the
> decision to replace hardware on a large scale to ensure support for the
> latest OS releases. The money has been budgeted and lots of it has
> already been spent. It's a done deal. They are leasing the equipment,
> ensuring that they always have up-to-date hardware and OSes. Getting
> Linux on these platforms would be extremely difficult.
> I think our effort would be better spent focusing on open source
> applications, in particular ODF-compliant office suites instead of
> proprietary, vendor-lock-in office suites.
> My kids are still too young to face this problem, but I've heard stories
> of students being told to submit documents specifically in Microsoft
> format. Woe betide the kids who use OpenOffice.org at home, convert to
> Microsoft for submission, and the teacher knocks points off because the
> conversion was imperfect. I don't know if that has every happened, or
> how likely it is to happen, or if it is even a plausible scenario.
> --
> Ray Lischner
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