[K12OSN] K12 Newb struggles

Rob Owens rowens at ptd.net
Mon Mar 26 21:09:35 UTC 2007

> >Why is StarOffice not included since it seems it has more bells and 
> >whistles and from what I read it is FREE to education users?
> >
> StarOffice is distributed by Sun.  It's a commercial product from a 
> commercial company. As such, there are restrictions on how it can be 
>  distributed--that is, you can only get it from Sun.  There's no problem 
> with YOU downloading it and using it on your system/server, but Sun doesn't 
> allow anyone else to distribute it.  Besides, as K12LTSP is a community 
> effort, its software collection focuses on community-based projects.  You 
> have to think about 'free' in terms of speech, not price.

Plus, some people use K12LTSP for non-educational purposes.  They do
this because it's one of the easiest ways to run LTSP--there is very
minimal setup involved.


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