[Linux-aus] Organizing an Australian Open Source Roadshow?

Paul Shirren shirro at shirro.com
Fri Jan 30 10:41:01 UTC 2004

There is no point tackling MS software head on in schools. Mostly it 
does an OK job(they have nothing better to compare it with) and costs 
them practically nothing (but it all adds up).

I think it becomes a question of diversity of thinking.

We have to tackle educational outcomes. If we can show that students get 
a poorer education making exclusive use of MS products vs using a 
diverse range of software I think that is stronger than just economic or 
technical arguments. And diverse means keeping MS software and Apple 
Macs and throwing OSS into the mix.

You might as well send all the students to MacDonalds to get an 
education as have them participate in ICT in schools at the moment.

Ben Jensz wrote:
> Jason King wrote:
>> I know from previous experience with
>> installfests that private schools would be interested , as well as TAFE
>> colleges.  Not so much public schools though , they still get M$ licences
>> pretty cheap , so they don't care.
> Private schools still get extremely cheap Microsoft licencing.  I do 
> on-site work for a catholic college and they don't pay much for the MS 
> software they run at all.
> But even though they get very cheap MS software, they have several Linux 
> machines acting as servers and they are wanting to trial a Linux desktop 
> machine in their library shortly to see what the response is.
> / Ben
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