[TriLUG] OC OSS
c.crider at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 09:12:46 EDT 2009
Thanks for adding this Kevin. That text was forwarded to me last night and I
didn't want to cross any (too many) lines.
On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 8:23 AM, Kevin Hunter <hunteke at earlham.edu> wrote:
> For those who need a little more context, this is on the agenda for
> *today's* meeting of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education.
> Item under section IV (page 12): Technology Cost Avoidance and Savings
> At 7:18pm -0400 on Wed, 01 Apr 2009, Carl Crider wrote:
> > *Open Source / Web 2.0 cost avoidance.*
> > There is a movement supporting the use of open source and web
> > 2.0 applications in K-12 education. The convergence of web
> > technologies and the growth of new virtualization solutions
> > makes this an exciting time to manage a computing enterprise.
> > In 2006 the district made the decision to stop purchasing new
> > and upgraded licenses for Microsoft Office for teacher and
> > student computers. The cost to upgrade all computers to the
> > latest version of MS Office is $297,000. We do not plan to
> > upgrade to this product across the district. Our current focus
> > is to identify open source or Web 2.0 solutions to replace
> > costly proprietary software. This cost was most recently
> > avoided by installing the free, open source product called "Open
> > Office" at Carrboro High School, on all High School teacher
> > laptops, and at Morris Grove. At $50 per workstation for MS
> > Office, this saved the district over $17,000. During the past
> > few years the district has not purchased much software. We are
> > requesting that our customers use free, web 2.0 products such as
> > iTunes, Audacity, Tuxpaint, Photostory, and Google Sketch-up.
> > This is a trend that is embraced by most schools. Current:
> > There is a minimal software budget at the district and within
> > schools. In most cases, this has been transferred to support
> > on-line resources or hardware needs. Reduction: None.
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