Bill East on 14 May 2012 18:32:43 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Can FOSS help school districts in trouble?

On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM, Sam Gleske <> wrote:

I agree.  I've been thinking about showcasing something like this to a local school in my area.  I don't know about any statistical spending but I think with a little bit of education for the educational system they'll begin to change their minds.

I mentioned this a year or so ago - my kids' parochial school had a passel of laptops, decommissioned from a local pharma outfit, running Linux with a nice front-end that presented a bunch of links and FOSS applications for the young kids. I wanted to find out who had put this together for them but had no luck. The hardware costs aside, this seemed like a great solution for them.

With regards to the training and maintenance, I guess what might help would be specific distros for education, relatively bulletproof and with a core of educational IT folks supporting each other. Maybe the Gates foundation could cut a check for a grant?...
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