Converting MN Colleges to OSS

Anthony Yarusso tonyyarusso at
Thu Sep 20 14:39:04 BST 2007

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Perhaps you could get her and/or higher ups on this list or otherwise
in contact with us?  Could be a good in.  What district?

kb b wrote:
> .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage {
> FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY:Tahoma } My sister works for a local
> school disctrict and there are rumblings of OOo being used instead
>  of Microsoft for cost saving reasons. This would mean little kids
>  learing to word process on OOo instead of Word which I feel is the
>  best way to break the Microsoft cycle.  I think people are finally
>  starting to wake up!
>> Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 21:37:35 -0500 From:
>> tonyyarusso at To: ubuntu-us-mn at
>> Subject: Re: Converting MN Colleges to OSS
> Aaron wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> I came up with an idea for a potential project that we could
>> maybe look into if people are interested.
>> On any campus you visit in the Metro area (and I'm sure
>> elsewhere) they all appear to be using Microsoft Office to do
>> their word, spreadsheet, and database processing. While this
>> isn't inherently an issue, as I'm sure you are aware these pieces
>>  of software cost LOTS of money not only for the colleges that
>> provide computers for the students to use but also for the
>> students who in part pay tuition fees to cover the software and
>> pay money for the software for their own personal use. Why
>> increase the cost of higher education unnecessarily with it can
>> easily and effectively be replaced with free and open source
>> alternatives such as Abiword and Open Office?
>> Here's my idea, and if there is enough interest we can look into
>> doing something with it. If I'm not mistaken colleges just like
>> any other business are looking to cut expenses, why not show them
>>  an effective way to cut their expenses with out loosing
>> anything? Normandale (where I currently go) already has Firefox
>> installed on all the computers and is set as default browser,
>> they obviously aren't opposed to open source software, we just
>> need to show them that there are more options out there.
>> Anyways, I thought I'd run it by you guys, if there is interest
>> maybe we can make a plan, get a presentation together (made on
>> OSS yay!) and maybe show these guys the future.
>> Let me know what you think,
>> Aaron
> This would be a fantastic tack to start in on. My school (Saint
> Paul College) also has Firefox on every machine, and within the
> computing courses even uses Ubuntu for some things, but I haven't
> see OOo or anything else of the sort in any of the labs. Also, the
>  University of Minnesota runs Ubuntu on all machines in the
> Computer Science department, and hosts a full Ubuntu repository
> mirror.
> There were some folks in the Canadian team looking into university
> stuff, but I don't know if anything ever came of it.
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