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From: Ruben Safir
Subject: Re: [hangout] Introduction to Free Software for Schools
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In-Reply-To: ; from mconti-at-mrbrklyn.com on Wed, Jan 02, 2002 at 12:14:44 -0500
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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:
>>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
>>* 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).
>>New Yorker Linux Users Scene
>>Fair Use -
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