[K12OSN] Re: Help me fight FUD

Dave Hopkins dahopkins at comcast.net
Fri May 20 14:47:16 UTC 2005

 > Not an option.  If MS Office is available, they WILL use it 
exclusively.  The administration is pretty firm on > the stance that 
whatever we do, we'll do exclusively.  All MS, or all StarOffice.

It sounds like the teachers/staff have almost made the decision for 
you.  Since you can't guarantee 100% compatibility and you also have to 
have continuous sound in Impress, there aren't many options unless the 
administration is willing to look long term.   But ... Hot off the 
discusses the rapid (?) adoption of OSS in Asia. If 1/3 of the world's 
population is moving in this direction, perhaps we should also?  Perhaps 
this can sway the administration? Or that 57 year old auto shop teacher? 

 > I know these things to be true.  What I'm hoping to find here are 
some clever, creative, effective ways to
 >  illustrate the salience of these points to a 57-year-old Auto Shop 
teacher, for example.

Can't claim to be creative, but ...  Perhaps an automotive analogy:  
Does every one drive the same car?  Is it worth teaching about or using 
different vehicles to learn both how they are similar and different?  
Can't we also adapt to a different word processor?  Or, appeal to a 
baser motive, in money terms, if you save money on the Office suite, he 
might get better equipment for his shop from some of the savings?

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