[ubuntu-marketing] Ubuntu for School

Akshat Jain ssj6akshat1234 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 14 05:16:39 BST 2010


On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 10:23 PM, <Epic93dude at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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For schools,you are better off with Edubuntu <http://edubuntu.org>
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