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Old 10-13-2010, 11:17 PM
Default Fw: Ubuntu for School

Someone at ubuntu-marketing told me to send this to you all. I'm a 15 year old sophomore in a school in the US , going to try to get my school to adopt ubuntu. Perhaps you might have an idea what a teacher/principal's concerns might be about ubuntu or FOSS in general.
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From: Epic93dude@gmail.com
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:53:16 +0000To: <ubuntu-marketing@lists.ubuntu.com>Subject: Ubuntu for School
Hi Ubuntu-Marketing. I ama a student at a small high school in Southwest Missouri. Recently we had an assignment in a class where we had to give a presentation on a group/organization/movement. I chose to give my presentation on Ubuntu. I explained what an operating system was, then what open source software was. I explained how the open source community worked and why Open Source Software tends to be more secure, faster, and easier to use than Proprietary Software, and how these benefits were present in Ubuntu, in a way that the average computer user could understand. I also demonstrated some programs that come with Ubuntu and how they could do many of the tasks just as well or sometimes better than their Proprietary counterparts.

The response was great. Several students were interested in learning more about Ubuntu and OSS after I gave the presentation. The school's principal, who also happened to be there during the presentation, was also interested in Ubuntu as well as the applications that I showed. I think that there is an opportunity of some kind here to get OSS in use at my school, because the students, teacher (of the class I gave the presentation in), and principal all seemed to be open towards the concept of free software.

What I want to do is get my school to at least try Ubuntu out in one of the computer labs or something like that. I think if I could demonstrate that it is a viable alternative to Microsoft Windows + Office, which is what we currently use on all our computers, would save decent amounts of money, and would give access to some pretty amazing educational programs (The periodic table of elements program immediately comes to mind), they would be willing to try it.

That being said, I need to be able to convince the IT staff that it would be easy to learn, easier to manage than Windows Server Edition (Which is what we use), and compatible with the current infrastructure that we have. If I can do that, plus convince the administration that we would save costs etc., I think they would consider trying it out, or even switching over entirely.

Can you guys help me with this (especially the convincing the IT staff part) ?
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