Group 1

Success Strategies
Do Not Do This Advice
Cathy Malmrose (Berkely, CA)
  • CA sued Microsoft for $1Billion and Cathy provides Linux hardware with MS money
  • (hardware recycler providing Linux hardware)
  • Advertise the stability, not the "free"
  • Never sacrifice the quality
  • You need the "one person" on the inside that is passionate (anywhere on the org chart)
Bryant Patten (NCOSE)
  • Get the person to just try it
  • Pretty is a requirement (presentation and ecosystem)
  • Free Software for Schools Catalog
  • Have an appropriate support network and appropriate training

Keith Belzowski (Michigan City Schools)
  • small successes to start
  • pretty but never at the expense of functionality (higher end graphics etc that don't work on old systems)
  • Need to have a passionate person and build your network of supporters aim to seek at meet in the middle with top down support and bottom up requests
  • Updates are frequent

Alex Inman (Whitfield)
  • Instiutional support
  • helping people take personal ownership
  • make it about the result
  • Let them do what they couldn't do before
  • Look for innovators and celebrate them
  • Feature student innovation
  • Programs that require purchase of THINGS and not services can limit implementation of Open Source
  • OLPC may not be the right road
  • Institutional Requirements that don't work should be identified early and understood
  • Allow for "workarounds" to be the stopping point
  • Allow your passionate person leave
  • Free does not mean zero total cost of ownership. Thus, careful how we sell it
  • Be cautious about comparing apples to oranges. Linux vs Windows on similar hardware. If we force it to old machines we create the perception that Linux runs slowly
  • Be cautious about updates...make sure it works.
  • Because we are asking people to change the bar for support and smooth success is higher.
  • Make teachers feel forced