[lug] Free Software in Schools
David L. Willson
DLWillson at TheGeek.NU
Fri Dec 21 11:47:20 MST 2012
A parent's best tools, in this case (as perhaps in every other) are at the ends of his/her own arms. Find a school that has to do things on a shoestring, that still has a problem-solver's attitude, and GET INVOLVED with them. Your willingness to get in the fight will make your words weigh much more, with the teachers, and with your kiddos.
David L. Willson
Trainer, Engineer, Enthusiast
RHCE Network+ A+ Linux+ LPIC-1 Ubuntu
This is a good time for a r3VOLution.
----- Original Message -----
> Yeah, it's really a question of who is running the IT for the school.
> If someone cares to do it, you can usually meet the needs of a
> school on FOSS. I ran IT for a couple mid-sized school districts in
> Oregon for a few years while I was out there and I was able to use a
> lot of FOSS, in the infrastructure and on the desktop. I was able to
> save a ton of money on both hardware and licenses, sometimes to the
> rune of 50%. But that was in and before 2008.
> Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) since
> then a lot of the financial incentives to run FOSS in schools have
> been removed. Among the plummeting cost of hardware and the nearly
> free licensing programs most major vendors have, and the tight
> integration of curriculum with specific pieces of software, there
> just isn't a lot of pressure to "think different", especially when
> that means your infrastructure will be "weird" and some things you
> want to do might be more difficult or impossible. Unless you have
> someone who is willing to be an advocate and make sure that things
> work right internal to the school, and likely the district at large,
> it's just not going to happen until the current environment of
> incentive and risk changes.
> On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM, David L. Willson <
> DLWillson at thegeek.nu > wrote:
> > RMSEL, the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, uses a
> > ~lot~ of FOSS.
> > --
> > David L. Willson
> > Trainer, Engineer, Enthusiast
> > RHCE Network+ A+ Linux+ LPIC-1 Ubuntu
> > Mobile 720-333-LANS(5267)
> > This is a good time for a r3VOLution.
> > > As a parent trying to decide where to send my kids next, I've
> > > been
> > > horrified by many schools proudly calling themselves "mac-school"
> > > or
> > > "microsoft-school" and the likes.
> > > I've been suggested to sign this petition (which seems hopelessly
> > > doomed to failure, given the incredibly low number of
> > > signatures):
> > > https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/promote-use-free-software-our-schools-libre-office-gimp-gnu-cash-and-other-gpl-software-which-cost/T1xGw1fZ
> > > Please sign it and share it, maybe we do have a chance (and
> > > forgive
> > > me if you don't agree and/or you believe I shouldn't have posted
> > > something political to this mailing list)
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