[K12OSN] No flames: Why use M$ offerings?

Jason Neiffer jneiffer at neiffer.com
Sun May 2 19:54:54 UTC 2004

I have been a fly on the wall for most of this discussion because it's the
kind of discourse that I think gives the open source community a poor
perception among outsiders, but...

What if you like the closed source/Windows version of something better?  I
use Outlook 2003 for email because I like it more.  I can't even tell you
why, other than I simply prefer that application.  I use OO.org a lot for
office suite needs, I use AbiWord for fast notes (because it is wicked
fast), and I use the GIMP for most visual editing (and I love 2.0).  I even
find myself logging into my K12LTSP box more often now for most tasks (I use
it as a classroom server with 10 clients).  But, I still use Outlook and for
that matter, the software that came with my old Palm Pilot which plugs
nicely into Outlook.  Who cares?  Does someone have to be 100% either way?

-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf
Of Andrew Fournier
Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2004 1:18 PM
To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
Subject: RE: [K12OSN] No flames: Why use M$ offerings?

No, I hadn't. There are free opensource linux distributions for pdas,
Ipaqs among them. OpenZaurus supports some ipaqs, and there are other
projects.I don't know if your particular model is supported, but it is
worth a look. My point was that a solution for the linux pda issue
exists, that it might apply to yours, and that it is far too common to
hear that there is no solution from folks who haven't really looked
yet.The hard part of acculturating to opensource (or any other kind of
freedom) is that it implies more responsibility, to research, write, and
ask---to find workable consistent solutions rather than to be
bushwhacked by folks who thrive on you doin' what they tell ya to,
whether it's good for you or not. Sorry if my reply seems extreme. I
keep having the discussion re k12ltsp and linux generally that "there is
no one to support it..." and stuff like that despite the presence of 2
lugs, a university and several colleges in the area. There seems to be a
trend toward a certain ability to pass the buck and pay the vendor that
if ind disturbing.

On Sun, 2004-05-02 at 08:40, Yancey B. Jones wrote:
> > I thought openzaurus had some way to sync your pda in evolution?
> > Andrew Fournier
> Well, I don't have a Zaurus - you must have missed the part where I said I
> have an iPAQ.
> -Yancey
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