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Re: [K12OSN] Suggestions for a LTSP Demo

Thanks, Jim for the note.

> The issue is not whether they have money or not, it is how the money is
> spent.  Emphasize that every dollar spent buying a client license or an
> office license is a dollar - what is the name of Singapore's currency?
> -  that cannot be spent on textbooks, paper, teacher salaries, etc.

It is Singapore dollars (US$! = S$1.60).  

I think it would be good to have this list send a note to be shown at the
session.  Success stories, advise - teacher to teacher.  These things 
are what Linux and open source are all about.  Community sharing and


> What applications does the school use now?  Show open source, Linux
> applications that are comparable.  Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office,
> GIMP.  Consider a network with 100 clients.  Show the cost of 100 client
> licenses for MS Server, MS Office, and Adobe Photoshop.  Then show the
> cost of 100 client licenses for  K12LTSP, Firefox, Thuderbird, Open
> Office, and GIMP.  Don't discount the cost factor.  Even if the schools
> are wealthy, they can spend their money on other thinks.  Computers
> aren't everything - even though they are pretty close for many of us on
> this list:)
> Harish Pillay wrote:
> >Hi.  I have an opportunity to help educate a bunch of school
> >teachers about Linux, Open Source and copyright/licensing
> >issues. These teachers are the ones looking after IT related
> >stuff in Singapore schools.  The event is to be held on June
> >2nd.
> >
> >Instead of those topics (or perhaps in addition to), I am thinking
> >of showcasing LTSP.  I have their time from 9am till noon and
> >they will be in a lab with machines and I am thinking of
> >preparing a server (could be my laptop - a Dell D600) to be
> >the server.  I reckon about 20 teachers will be attending.
> >
> >I would like to hear from list members on best practises for
> >demos.
> >
> >I have invited LUGS (www.lugs.org.sg) for volunteers and they
> >are fothcoming offering hardware and time.
> >
> >In order to make a good and positive impression with these
> >teachers (who probably have never seen a Linux desktop and
> >probably do not even know of Linux), what are the top 5 things
> >that we must show in the LTSP demo?  Do remember that
> >these schools are not short of funds and the Singapore Ministry
> >of Education (www.moe.gov.sg) has the tax dollars to pay the
> >Micro$oft tax - but I want to curtail/reduce that.
> >
> >I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.
> >
> >Harish Pillay
> >ps:  I helped establish LUGS back in 1993 and am currently
> >employed by Red Hat in Singapore, but this is an effort
> >independent of Red Hat per se.
> >
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> >
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