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Re: [vox] linux in schools or municipalities

In my search for schools that use open source, I am suprised
by the lack of it in California. Bits and pieces, but nothing

I agree with you about OpenOffice.org as a minimum.  The
Berkeley school district is heavy into Macs, but there is now
an alpha out for OpenOffice.org on Macs...yeah!  One step
away from license fees if/when it is used.

To really ring some bells, we probably need to start a
comparison of pricing between MS Macs and OpenSource.  Do
you know of any comparisions to date?

Portland still seems to be the most comprehensive
but it should not be an isolated case.

Good luck with the letter writing effort, 

Mary Kay Murlas


On Mon, 9 Sep 2002, R. Douglas Barbieri wrote:

> On Sat, 7 Sep 2002, Colin Kelly wrote:
> > out here in roseville area i have yet to see public school district
> > that uses linux. They  all seem to use microsoft for everything
> > including webservers. Not a good idea if you ask me.
> I just attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at Margerite Montgomery in
> South Davis a few days ago. We received a walking tour from the principal
> and I noticed that in the library, classrooms and office were computers
> all running Windows 2000 along with Office 2000. I asked the principal if
> he knew if Open Source had been considered when the computer systems were
> selected and he told me that the district handles all IT decisions.
> Would anyone be interested in starting a letter writing campaign from
> members of Lugod to local school districts protesting the use of
> proprietary software? We could advocate the use of open source. They could
> start by using Open Office and Mozilla (or at least Netscape), even if
> they stick with M$ Windows. There is no reason why the district couldn't
> just buy Walmart specials for desktop computers, preinstalled with
> Mandrake Linux. As Maddog said, they are shirking their responsibility if
> Open Source wasn't even considered in their IT desicion-making process.
> I am planning on writing a letter to my local school district. If anyone
> is interested, I would welcome signatures.
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> R. Douglas Barbieri
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