[ubuntu-uk] What aren't we doing? What should we be doing?

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Fri Jun 24 18:56:58 UTC 2011

On 24/06/11 10:26, Alan Bell wrote:
> personally I think we should be getting companies to sponsor stuff, but
> I don't think we should be holding money at all. If we want to do
> something that needs money get someone to pay for it directly, that cuts
> out a heap of problems and lets us do pretty much the same things.
> One thing I really want to do is a series of installfests at
> universities. If you have a local university, or are at one, then please
> do get in touch with their computing society (usually through the
> student union) and see if they can arrange an installfest. This would
> need them to find a suitable room for a few hours, announce it to the
> students and then we can get a few people who know what they are doing,
> plus a bunch of CDs to hand out and get Ubuntu installed and running for
> students. I have tried to contact the Oxford and Cambridge societies and
> some of the London universities but we need to get this out to all the
> places we can. This isn't limited to universities of course, any FE
> colleges or schools or whatever that want to join in can do so.
> This kind of links with the raceonline stuff too.
> Alan.

I do like this idea.  Locally to where I live there is FE college in 
Paignton, one in Exeter, one in Plymouth and also the Universities in 
Plymouth and Exeter.

I guess it could also be worth maybe speaking to school IT teachers, 
maybe there might be IT teachers like the one I had when I was at school 
who run after school IT clubs for students interested in just the basics.

My daughter is starting secondary school in September, I'm hoping to 
find out what sort of things they have in this respect (my daughter 
might not be so interested herself, she prefers drama but I am planning 
on introducing her to Scratch this weekend).


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