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Re: [K12OSN] Planning to contact schools in my area

On Mon, 2003-10-06 at 11:13, Bill Kendrick wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 06, 2003 at 08:35:47AM -0500, Petre Scheie wrote:
> > Do you have a pointer to that flyer?
>   OpenOffice.org 1.1 flyer
>   http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=19925
>   Tux Paint pamphlet
>   ftp://ftp.sonic.net/pub/users/nbs/unix/x/tuxpaint/ads/trifold/
I'm glad to see some people making use of the OOo schools flyer.  On the
matter of software to demo for schools:  I've made up CDs featuring
OpenOffice.org but also including some selections for Windows and Linux
of open source programs such as TuxTyping, TuxPaint, Celestia, Dia,
Scribus, etc.  I've also included updates for Windows (IE6, service
packs) and some Windows non-OSS freeware and Mozilla (for an IE/OE
alternative).  I use them when trying to introduce open source.  I find
including both Windows and Linux software and the Windows updates to be
helpful because some people "freeze up" at the thought of making major
changes to their computers.  If all the software (Win or Lin) is
presented as being equals people become more accepting because they can
try some Windows-based stuff first (baby steps).  If they like it they
may migrate over to Linux, having proved that FLOSS is quality software,
and knowing that there are Linux versions of the software they have
become familiar with (and learned to trust).  I try not to say Windows
is bad, I just say it has some issues... like security and high cost. 
This past summer bumper crop of viruses, trojans, and worms has been a
great marketing tool.  I point out that the US Government uses Linux and
open source, as do major universities, businesses, the National Weather
Service, national laboratories, the DoD, and many other governments are
looking at, or moving to Linux and open source.  I use the same discs
and spiel when dealing with businessmen that I'm trying to get to fund
OpenOffice.org/open source CDs for schools and students.  Many
businessmen don't know that schools pay for their software, so they show
interest because they realize that expensive software means higher
school taxes, which they pay too!

Jim Anderson


"Forward in all directions!"

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