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Re: [K12OSN] 2nd Draft - letter to schools
- From: Steve Wright <paua quicksilver net nz>
- To: k12osn redhat com
- Subject: Re: [K12OSN] 2nd Draft - letter to schools
- Date: Sat Oct 18 03:15:01 2003
On Sat, 2003-10-18 at 18:07, Bill Kendrick wrote:
> School administrators and faculty, as well as government officials,
> have the opportunity -- and fiduciary responsibility -- to consider Open
> Source software in place of more expensive, less reliable, and more
> restrictive products.
This is still open to uncertain mis-interpretation. I suggest avoiding
the topic entirely.
> What is known as the 'Open Source' software movement began over 20
> years ago as a formalization of the tradition of sharing information
> that computer programmers had been doing since the 1960s. Software
> that is released under an Open Source license is available freely to
> everyone. The human readable source code behind the program is
> available, permitting any interested user to fix bugs, add features,
> and even create completely new software based upon the existing code.
yes, all good, but IMO, too much "talk-one-the-cereal-box" - your reader
may not actually get to the read the next bit, which they MUST read, or
your point is moot.
The remainder is bloody good. I really enjoyed reading it.
Make this the start point of your Document. Find somewhere else to make
your other points. Best Regards, Steve.
> Open Source provides to people an ability to share ideas and work
> together freely. It is much like the publication of research for free
> discussion, criticism, verification, and further extensions -- a method
> that works well for physicists, doctors, and others involved in the
> advancement of science. This process is ideal for software
> advancement, too!
> In fact, Open Source software is being embraced by schools,
> governments1, corporations2, and individuals all over the world. The
> Internet itself has always been built on such open software, but today
> more Open Source software is being created for non-expert users,
> including teachers and children.
> Along with cost (it's free), the Open Source model has a number of
> other advantages over commercial software:
> * Extensibility
> Authors of Open Source software are often amazed at the kinds of uses
> other people come up with for their work. Apple recently replaced
> Microsoft's Internet Explorer in Mac OS X with their own web browser,
> based on an existing Open Source program. IBM took the Linux
> operating system and made it run in a wrist-watch.
> * Security
> Because the source is available for peer review, bugs and errors are
> found more easily. Open Source software has a very good track record
> for having its problems repaired quickly. (Even if the original
> creator of the software is unable or uninterested in fixing it, others
> are free to do so -- to the benefit of all of the users.)
> * Interoperability
> Open Source software does not just mean programs for Linux!
> Countless Open Source programs are available for Windows, Mac, Unix,
> and other operating systems you've probably never heard of! They run
> on all sorts of hardware, from the ubiquitous Intel-compatible PCs, to
> hand-held PDAs, to multi-million dollar mainframes. And nobody likes
> software that won't work with other software; the Open Source movement
> is also about open file formats, that can be used anywhere without
> paying royalties or dealing with patents.
> * Control
> Open Source, like Linux, can't be controlled by a single company.
> You are not at the mercy of a single vendor. There is no forced
> upgrading, and no pay-per-user licensing policy. Your school is freed
> from the obligation of tracking license certificates, and freed from
> the risk of audits for improperly licensed software. Open Source
> provides true free-market products -- an alternative to monopoly.
> My name is Bill Kendrick, and I'm with the Linux Users' Group of
> Davis, a non-profit group dedicated to the promotion and support of
> the Linux computer operating system, and to 'Open Source' software in
> general. I would be happy to sit down with you and tell you more, if
> you are interested. Feel free to contact me via e-mail at:
> bill newreedsoftware com; call me at home: (530) XXX-YYYY; or explore
> our website at http://www.lugod.org/.
> Aside from LUGOD, I am also involved with a non-profit organization in
> Arizona, and with them, have created a number of educational Open
> Source programs for children. Later this month, I will be holding a
> hands-on demonstration of one of them at the Davis Food Co-Op (Sunday,
> October 26th from 11am to 3pm). I would be more than happy to answer
> any questions then, as well.
> For now, I will leave you with a small list of some useful Open Source
> software -- for Windows, Linux and Mac -- that you can download today,
> and begin using on your computers tomorrow:
> [ Celestia, OpenOffice.org, Tux Paint, Tux Typing, Wikipedia blurbs ]
> Thank you for your consideration, and enjoy
> William Kendrick
> --- end paste ---
> Sounding better? :)
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