Patrick Cable II wrote:
A while ago i asked about exchange replacements. Well, they ended up
going with exchange. So, by the end of summer, my qmail/vpopmail server goes
to the bitbucket :-\ But the web will stay on the machine I set up.
I tried to get them to use Asterisk for the VoIP but they're spending
big bucks on Cisco stuff.
Usually when I suggest OSS stuff i get "You and your Open Source
stuff... it's so much easier when you can just blame a software company when
it doesnt work." I get the impression that the person I work with doesn't
take it too seriously.
I spent most of the saturday morning of last 4/5 years trying to "push"
FS/OSS software and technologies within a local High-School, here in
Italy. I'll not bother you with my experience but.... it has been
difficult, _VERY_ difficult, incredibly _very_ difficult to (try to)
convince various teachers to "adopt" OSS not only troughout the school
(as a web server, mail server, file server, etc.), but also as a
"teaching tool" for their students (moving from teaching Visual**,
Access, etc. to WebProgramming with PHP, Perl, Python, *SQL, etc.).
I had very few successes. Probably the most important ones comes
directly from the students (...and not from the teachers) but, at least
for me, this is enough. And this alone still give me the "energy" needed
to continue my "dissemination" process.
Your position should be very different: you're "playing" on a totally
different field as, contrary to me, you're a teacher and, so, you "play"
from the inside of the school. Your voice, even if at the moment seem to
be not listened, is much more powerful then mine (I act as an ex student
and I'm not a teacher...).
I think that you only need to "know your enemy". For example, you can
study this resolution:
and get, from it, some very nice arguments to put on the table when your
collegue will argue that "M$ is better...".
You can also study a bit of history here:
The web is plently of documents like these. You can also find other
arguments when speaking about costs (just google aroung with "linux
TCO"). There are also lot of other interesting things here:
Anyway, again, be prepared: it will be a very hard battle! (...but you
can win, at least in a school!)
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