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Re: [tdf-discuss] Libre Office listed in petition to promote the use of free software in our schools



In my school district, it would take at least a year of work to get them to even see you demoing the software and then a year or more to get them to decide to use it or not. Then the last part starts over every time there is an upgrade to the software. Of course, if someone on the School Board had an "profit" - think bribery - from the software, you can get it approved in less than 4 months total time. That has been what it has been like for the past 20 years or more.

Even if the replacement software would save the District $100,000 a year, it is still a 1 to 2 year process.

SO yes, it is a real big challenge to get anything new for the classes. The "laugh" was history books still being used in the 1980's still "taught" the students that we still had not gone to the moon yet, but will in the next year or two. History books and many others are running 10 to 30 years out of date, even in when I was working for the District between 2000 and 2004.


On 12/28/2012 10:01 AM, Immanuel Giulea wrote:
Hello all,

>From my readings of the mailing lists in the last few weeks, it seems that
adoption of LibreOffice in North America (especially US) has been a
challenge.

Today, I found a petition addressed to the White House that includes
LibreOffice.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/promote-use-free-software-our-schools-libre-office-gimp-gnu-cash-and-other-gpl-software-which-cost/T1xGw1fZ

The deadline is three weeks away and they need 23,000 more signatures.
Nothing is impossible through the power of social networks.
I've already shared the petition to several G+ groups.
Perhaps some posts from TDF core team on twitter and Facebook will help
this initiative.

Just a thought.


Cheers from Montreal, Canada

Immanuel Giulea



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