[K12OSN] D Day

Terrell Prude', Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Wed Jun 2 12:06:59 UTC 2004

One of our worst exports around the world is this notion of instant 
gratification.  It seems that we've decided to infect some parts of the 
Emerald Isle with some of our Yank management stupidity, too.  Figures; 
we're the nation that invented the software patent.

If it's any consolation, my entire school district is also--almost 
militantly--anti-Free Software.  However, I wonder what their decision 
would be if some of the Windows licenses had to come out of their 
personal wallets....

Is there nobody in the Washington, DC area besides Yorktown High School 
that wants to try this?  Nobody??


daniel.hunt at iibbank.ie wrote:

>I went in and it was clear from the outset that his hands were tied.
>He wanted Linux - and was very very curious as to how it would perform (I
>haven't a spare machine that I could have setup to demonstrate how easy it
>is to use) in the school environment.
>The management however didnt see the use in using Linux as "the real world
>uses Windows" - I gave up at that point, there was no point in talking to
>him about it as he was on my side, it was the management who were stubborn
>with it.
>Strangle-hold is right - and it's really such a shame. An entire lab has to
>be upgraded to make it suitable for Windows 2000.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: anthony baldwin [mailto:anthonybaldwin at snet.net]
>Sent: 02 June 2004 10:25
>To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
>Subject: Re: [K12OSN] D Day
>daniel.hunt at iibbank.ie wrote:
>>Windows it is ... ah well :o)
>I just don't get it....With so many advantages to open source, there is 
>no logic whatever in choosing to shell out thousands of dollars for 
>bloated, insecure, buggy, unstable software.
>I don't understand why anyone chooses windows or this strangle-hold M$ 
>has on our schools.  It's sickening.
>Gosh, I'm probably as dissappointed as you are!

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