[K12OSN] RE: Help to convince school

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Wed May 12 16:47:27 UTC 2004

As a consultant I'd agree...because your time
fixing/repairing/updating..etc windows stuff is expensive..
but if you are salary'd in-house...and you are there 8hrs a day no
matter what...

TIME is what you should be selling on par with $$ savings...

Because if you are in-house salary'd at a school you are likely having
to teach classes,
sponsor a class/club/etc...coaching, various sub-committees likely...
and the 10+ hrs a week you spend resolving stupid issues on 50-100+
windows machines
can likely be trim'd right off the top with k12LTSP...thus giving you
more time to focus on
lesson plans, future development/deployment of other labs, curriculm,
projects, a nice case study
to submit to the local news paper to promote the use of Linux in schools
*nudge nudge* =)
(Shameless plug I guess...linux is being talked about more and more in
the media, and exposure is everything!)
The computer ignorant superintendants and principals, go by what they
HEAR since they don't KNOW...

Anyway I'm going off on a tangent, all I'm saying is the TIME saved by
implementing K12LTSP ALONE pays for it.
And the monetary savings on license costs means instead of adding $40k
to your budget over the next 5 years.
You can make due nicely with the budget you currently have and likely a
reduced one =)
There is a lot to be said for Financial Prudence.


-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
Behalf Of Jim Hays
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 9:39 AM
To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] RE: Help to convince school

When it comes down to it, there is only one way to sell K12LTSP.  Money,

money, money.

Do a comparison of costs between replacing an exising lab with new 
computers and MS software and "replacing" the lab with a new server 
using the existing computers as clients (even with new monitors, 
keyboards, and mice) and interest will be there.  Do NOT forget to 
include the cost savings on managing the lab.

A comparison of replacing (assume 25 computers in a lab) with new MS 
computers (at about $1000 each) compared to reusing existing computers 
with new monitores, keyboards, and mice (~$250 each) and a server 
(~$3000) and the difference will turn some heads quickly.

Sell the cost savings to the "higher ups" and the teachers will be 
forced to follow.

Using this approach, you can show how much their "pet" software really 
costs.  General applications (web browser, office suite, email client, 
graphics manipulation, etc) are free, included, and fully tested in 
K12LTSP.  You get to find out how much Aceelerated Reader, etc, really

Max Anikstein wrote:

> I wrote a proposal for my high school to build a K12LTSP based lab.
> It’s working great, and it’s incredibly cheap. If you’d like to read 
> my proposal, it’s available at: http://www.schaffter.org/p3.htm . Use 
> whatever you’d like from it.
> Max Anikstein
> www.technihilism.com <http://www.technihilism.com>
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