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Re: [Vox-Outreach] URGENT, OOo CDs needed for GTC West conference May14-16.
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Re: [Vox-Outreach] URGENT, OOo CDs needed for GTC West conference May14-16.



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On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 01:51:47PM -0700, Bill Kendrick wrote:
> On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 01:17:41PM -0700, Paul Miller wrote:
> <Snip>
> > In spite of our Linux user base, I will focus on a Windows=20
> > distribution because virtually all government IT people have to use=20
> > Windows and OOo is an excellent way to get immediate broad acceptance=
=20
> > for open source  applications.
>=20
> Yes - even during WEF, we were handing out lots of copies of GNUWin II,
> since not everyone was ready to make the switch to Linux the Operating Sy=
stem,
> but WERE interested in trying out Open Source, the software model. ;^)

Paul,

  I think it is wonderful that you are trying to get/make disks and be
present at the show.

  I guess I should say on list.  I would prefer if the disks you request
people burn contain more than a single Open Source program compiled for
a single proprietary platform... especially if you are asking people on
_our_ lists (who may be burning disks for us to switch to making ones
for you).

  For example the GNUWin II disk contains OO and a ton of other open
source programs all compiled for Windows...=20

  The Knoppix CDs also contain OpenOffice and a ton of other open source
programs.  Knoppix can mount all windows filesystems read-only (fat32=20
is read-write) to allow people to load and edit their documents inside
openoffice (*).

- Could you check out a GNUWin II and comment on if it contains a new=20
  enough version and if the installation process is as smooth as the
  method you recommend?


  If you burn a openoffice only disks, I think it would be best to put
together binaries for Linux, Windows, Mac OS 9 and 10... if they all
fit onto the same CD.  This way we can pass out a single disk to=20
most people and we don't exclude people who have alternative platforms
(there were a lot of Mac users as WEF which we couldn't give CDs to).

    See you at the show,
      Mike

*: I had recommended several people who were asked about MS Office=20
   compatibility to try booting Knoppix and see if they can read
   their documents with it, then if that works try to write files some
   files test from inside their MS Office versions, but I mentioned if
   the are unhappy the option of StarOffice (with slightly better file=20
   support) or if they like Linux in general CrossOver is available to=20
   run real Microsoft Office binaries if they still had problems.

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