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Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 13:39:00 -0500 (EST)
To: Ruben Safir
Subject: Re: [hangout] Introduction to Free Software for Schools
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Does the Jan. 17th sound good?
On Wed, 2 Jan 2002, Ruben Safir wrote:
> Lets try to set on a date so I can put up an announcement
> On 2002.01.02 12:14:44 -0500 mconti-at-mrbrklyn.com wrote:
> >>Hello everyone,
> >>My name is Marcus Conti and I will be leading NYLXS' efforts to introduce
> >>Free Software (FS) into schools. I believe that FS and schools
> >>are a natural match and hope to help others believe it too. Simply put,
> >>for schools, FS has a price that is right and quality comparable to or
> >>exceeding commercial, non-free alternatives.
> >>I have begun a basic "to do" list for the group (the items are not
> >>necessarily in order of priority):
> >>* Prepare a "marketing package"
> >>This will consist of materials that will hopefully convince schools that
> >>FS is right for them. Although it seems like FS should be one of the
> >>easiest things in the world to "sell" because of its high quality and low
> >>price, it probably will take a lot of work. I am currently looking for
> >>and writing literature that illustrates the value of FS in general and
> >>the value to schools in particular. This also includes finding out the
> >>kinds of software that are most useful to schools and what their needs
> >>* Compile a list of support and installation volunteers
> >>We hope to be able to help schools install FS and support them in using.
> >>If we can show that we (and other groups) can offer the schools
> >>technical support and/or guidance they may be more willing to try FS.
> >>* Find sources for free/low-cost hardware
> >>Set up some structure for allowing people to donate hardware for schools
> >>or work with groups that already have donated hardware that could be given
> >>to schools.
> >>* Compile a list of schools
> >>Not just a list of school names, but a list of people to contact and
> >>persuade. It will be helpful to know what technologies the school is
> >>using currently and what the technology needs are.
> >>* Contact schools
> >>This will require a lot of leg work and persistence.
> >>* Install software, support it and teach people how to use it
> >>If anyone can contribute in any of those areas, please let me know. Some
> >>people have already expressed interest, thank you to them, and I will be
> >>calling on you. Please feel free to comment on or add to the basic
> >>objectives above. I hope to schedule a meeting soon. I will be out of
> >>the country January 9th-15th, so the first meeting will probably be
> >>after 1/15. Any suggestions on when or where to have the meeting are
> >>I am not very fond of writing bios. But some info is appropriate. I
> >>graduated from college with an economics degree and began working in the
> >>economic research field. I became increasingly interested in the
> >>computing side of the research and I ended up being the most technical
> >>member of my research team because I had taken several programming
> >>classes in college. Building on the C programming I learned in
> >>college I learned Java and began working as a Java/Web developer. I
> >>used mostly Microsoft products in my work and quickly began to miss the
> >>Unix systems I had used in college. I heard about a Unix-like operating
> >>system called Linux and investigated. I installed Linux on an old
> >>486 that I purchased for almost nothing and got hooked. Since then I have
> >>moved to using Linux primarily and using non-free software as little as
> >>possible. That is how I got to Linux (or it got to me).
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