[K12OSN] OT: Required use of IE by State DOE

Steven Santos steven at simplycircus.com
Thu Mar 15 22:32:52 UTC 2007

I would aproach this as an unfunded mandate.  Price out a windows terminal
server, all associated support, peices, parts etc.  Then send them an
invoice, and an expected yearly maintance cost on it.  Be clear that this is
what it will cost you to support this implimentation they have chosen, and
not for anything else.

Just to clarify, you will need a big, beefy Win2k3 box and TSCAL's for every
terminal in the school (because your teachers may use any terminal in the
school, right?).  Does this requier office, or other big $$ products you can
tack on?  How about a big, expensive server AV product?  Am I missing

Oh, and then make sure to have other school IT departments that run Linux or
Mac send the same kind of invoices.


Steven Santos
Director, Simply Circus, Inc.
Email: Steven at SimplyCircus.com
 Mail: 14 Pierrepont Road
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  -----Original Message-----
  From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com]On
Behalf Of David Hopkins
  Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 5:25 PM
  To: Support list for open source software in schools.
  Subject: Re: [K12OSN] OT: Required use of IE by State DOE

  Eek, before it gets to much further, let me clarify that the 'mandate' is
due to how they are implementing access to internal DOE state resources.
This impacts the school, but the general public isn't likely to ever have
access to these systems, and section 508 will only apply for disabled state
employees most likely.   Teacher access from home might come into play. The
issue is that the system is being designed around the use of IE to access
the system (kind of similar to how the Pentamation SIS requires IE for
administrative access).  If this was a system that the general public was
expected to access, then it would be much simpler, but since it will mostly
exist on the state intranet I think it might not be so easy.  Long term
maintenance costs, expandability, and such are valid issues, just not
sufficient necessarily to push them to change.

  Dave Hopkins

  On 3/15/07, Accessys at smart.net <accessys at smart.net > wrote:
    On Thu, 15 Mar 2007, Steven Santos wrote:

    > Can you aproach this as an unfunded mandate?
    > The DOE is mandating you use IE, will they pay for it?

    especially if teachers require it's use from home or away from the


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