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Hi Ian et al

Le 2011-05-14 07:29, Ian Lynch a écrit :



Whilst certification seems a good strategy, what about parental power
being exerted upon schools? One would imagine that if parents
(espcialy of low income families) were aware of free software, they
would implore schools to follow suit.


How do you get to those parents? Through the schools? ..Wait, isn't it the
schools that are not ready to change?

See the problem?



I have had great success at exactly this. I have had my students switch to OOo at home and by doing this, parents put pressure on the school district to offer some relief by having their software accept ODF formats.

On the contrary, I find most school districts are interested in all software packages regardless of company. IT departments have to deal with the networking installation/support/updates of these into their computer networks.

If we want to get LibreOffice accepted at school level we need to make sure that our product has a solid reputation for network install and support. Incremental update capability would also have to be part of the package.

School districts/boards need to be treated exactly like large corporations. We have to think in terms of network installs and the updates should also be easy to undertake over networks.

Cheers

Marc


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