[Ubuntu PA] questions about OSS usage at NTR
pechterbread at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 20 17:59:30 BST 2008
1. Compatibility with peer-owned software is limited....
Lyz addressed th Open Office issue well, and I
apologize for not mentioning that while at NTR.
I have set my wife's OO and some of her peers as
well, for their online classes at Montgomery
Community College and it works seamlessly with
the MS based requirements. The only issue has
been with Office 2008 and the funky XML, but
there are work-arounds for that also.
Beyond OFFICE / Open Office there are similar
and compatible software choices in Linux
to handle most situations. I will name a few
Photoshop / Gimp Itunes / Amarok
Picassa / F-Spot and so on..
2. With limited peer use of linux, ....
That's why Ubuntu started the LoCo concept.
Local Community Support. In the Philadelphia
area I would say that the virtual community
has great support. While it is true that
cousin freddy or neighbor joe, that people go
to for often misguided advice, are far more
accessible than Linux Lou; do you really
want that kind of support?
Educating users where to go for help and
advice or at least providing this info at
sale time would help.
3. Knowledge & support in NTR is currently
My time there has shown that while that
may be true, willingness and desire is there.
There just hasn't been enough time for a
structured class style instruction period.
We have done it in the past, but during open
hours when the classes couldn't be attended
consistently by the 'main' employees.
If we (LoCo) and Ntr can come up with a time
that an Ubuntu Class or Classes could be given
to the staff during non-open NTR hours, I feel
that at least the core employees can become
familiar enough to begin to feel comfortable
4. Software Modems.
Serial external modems. Pcmcia Modems. If
we can't get, we'll die trying. :)
Shucks, we got the sound working on those NTR
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