|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Another Introduction: Schoolforge & NYLXS Educational Committee [email@example.com]
This is for You
On 2001.12.22 15:25:40 -0500 William Abernathy wrote:
Ruben: I misaddressed this to you last night. Duh! There's already a
response from Doug that I will forward to you as well.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Another Introduction: Schoolforge & NYLXS Educational Committee
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 19:06:17 -0800
From: William Abernathy
To: ruben-at-mrbrooklyn.com, Doug Loss
Ruben, Doug, it's time for me to try to make another introduction. If you
already know each other, my apologies. Things have been a little hectic
la casa de Abernathy of late, and keeping all the chainsaws up in the air
get a little distracting.
Ruben, I don't know if you saw the recent note on Slashdot about
but I think you should try to get the NYLXS Educational Committee on board
soon as you can. The alpha nerd on the SEUL/Edu list, Doug Loss, is
quite effectively guiding an international upwelling of support for open
source/free software in an educational setting. I tried to set him and Jay
but I don't know if things ever took off beyond introductory niceties. If
it's a shame, but understandable considering how active Jay has been. (By
way, your and Jay's efforts were mentioned by name at the EFF's Free
last Tuesday. Congrats for a job well done!)
Anyway, the objectives of Schoolforge are largely coextensive with those of
NYLXS's Educational Committee--putting open/free systems within the grasp
kids who need them most. I really hope that the phenomenal activism and
excitement that was shown around the education issue around the time I was
leaving New York have been sustained in the NYLXS-edu group. There is a
synergy here with affiliating your local efforts in the Capitol of the
with Schoolforge's burgeoning international movement. Your objectives are
identical, and your strengths would aid each other ably. If you are not
the Education Committee, please pass this introduction along to its chair.
Schoolforge has considerable momentum, and I believe NYLXS would get back
everything out of their involvement with Schoolforge, and more. I'd direct
to the new site, but it's not launching until early January.
Ruben, say hi to Doug. Doug, say hi to Ruben.
Finally, Ruben, there is one area in which the New York Linux scene may be
especially suited to aiding the long-term success of our movement. Since
entered the arena and named Linux as a strategic operating system platform
year, I have been firmly of the opinion that the future of open/free
education lies in or ability to get IBM on board. Red Hat is wonderful, but
they're a bug compared to IBM. The guys from Armonk can drop vastly
on "demonstration projects" than all the Linux vendors combined. Further,
Linux/IBM is a much better solution than M$ for schools with limited
administrative budgets, if deployed as part of a central server/thin client
I know that there are many connections between the New York Linux scene
Blue. I would like to ask if you could make some of those connections
to Schoolforge, so that we can approach them not as a single user group in
city, but rather as a coordinated front of groups from all around the
think that this would strengthen our pitch immensely, and provide a serious
alternative to the crass injection of Microsoft dreckware into more
the name of "settlement."
Brooklyn Linux Solutions
http://www.mrbrklyn.com - Consulting
http://www.brooklynonline.com - For the love of Brooklyn
http://www.nylxs.com - Leadership Development in Free Software
http://www.nyfairuse.org - The foundation of Democracy
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/resources - Unpublished Archive or stories and
articles from around the net
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/mp3/hooked.mp3 - Spring is coming....
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/downtown.html - See the New Downtown Brooklyn....
New Yorker Linux Users Scene
Fair Use -
because it's either fair use or useless....