[svlug] Distributing OpenOffice to schools

Karl Larsen k5di at zianet.com
Wed Aug 13 12:43:02 PDT 2003

Hi Lincoln, I recall the Las Cruces school system which has 9
elementery, 8 middle and 4 high schools in NM spent near $100,000.00 for
enough Microsoft Office packages for the offices and others. As I recall
there was Federal dollars to pay this. 

	I use Openoffice on my Linux and got the windows version and put it on
my wife's windows XP. There was a minor issue with how it loaded but I
forget what it is. It works fine and in the absence of any Microsoft
Office it is called by other applications.

	So please keep us posted and I will be glad to to a demo of
installation and use at a School Board meeting when the self loading
version becomes available. I will do this just to save us money. I could
also show them Linux....

On Tue, 2003-08-12 at 23:31, Lincoln Peters wrote:
> The OpenOffice.org team has announced to Schoolforge that it intends to 
> launch an education campaign in October (when OpenOffice 1.1 is released) 
> and put as many copies of OpenOffice in the hands of students and teachers 
> as possible.
> Is anyone here interested in burning and distributing OpenOffice CD's to 
> public schools?  At some time in the near future, they will release an ISO 
> with OpenOffice 1.1 that supports Windows auto-run, so if you are 
> interested, you should not start burning CD's just yet (I can notify the 
> group when the official ISO is available).
> This project is being coordinated by "ian" (ian.lynch2 at ntlworld.com), an 
> OpenOffice.org developer.  There does not appear to be any information on 
> the OpenOffice.org website yet, but I can provide information (and URL's) as 
> soon as I receive it.
> I have already notified the following groups:
> * North Bay Linux Users' Group (http://www.nblug.org/)
> * Linux User's Group of Davis (http://www.lugod.org/)
> * Sacramento Linux Users' Group (http://www.saclug.org/)
> * Roseville Linux Users' Group (http://www.roselug.org/)
> * Bay Area Linux Users' Group (http://www.balug.org/)
> I'm still trying to figure out exactly what they can do and which areas they 
> can cover. Can anyone recommend any other groups in Northern California I 
> should contact?
> Lincoln
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