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On Wed, 2003-06-18 at 07:51, strattonsmith@ozemail.com.au wrote:
> I am a law student in Australia about to be admitted. Being a bit of a
> Linux fan this project interests me greatly. I would like to see courts
> promote open source software and more particularly, open source formats.
> Alas I cannot program in any language so I will not be much help in
> that department.

Hello.  You can package software for Debian without being a programmer. 
You can also create support files, templates, etc. for things like
OpenOffice.org, or write documentation or draw a logo or other things.

> My question to you Malcolm is, do you have a media release that I could
> try and get published in our Law Society bulletin so that other
> practitioners become aware of this? The article from the Sydney
> Morning Herald is already on our office notice board.

Thanks for offering to do that.  Here is something you could use or modify
(if other people want to use it they may want to change "Australia" to
their country of choice and ask on this list if unsure who else is on
it from that country):

--- suggested PR begins ---

A new project aiming to develop a specialist computer operating system
for lawyers is attracting interest within Australia.  The project is
called Debian-Lex, and its aim is to produce a operating system designed
and pre-configured foruse in legal practice.  Its developers hope that
Debian-Lex will not only sit on lawyers' desktops, but also be found in
their accounts departments, on their office servers, and be used in
court registries

Debian-Lex will be based upon Debian GNU/Linux, a free version of the
Linux operating system that is collaboratively developed by thousands of
both volunteer and professional developers from around the world. 
Thousands of open source software packages are bundled with Debian, all
of which are free to use and to extend.  There are currently four
Australians as part of the Debian-Lex development team, but new
participants are also encouraged to join.

Some of the tasks of the project are to prepare existing free legal
software for inclusion in a Debian-Lex system, to customise existing
free accounting and time recording software so that it works better in a
legal office environment, to provide a unified client and matter
database that can be accessed by a range of different software (and even
different operating systems), and to provide documentation and templates
that make the system easy to use by lawyers from a variety of

Some of the open source software that will form part of Debian-Lex
includes a sophisticated multi-user accounting package, a desktop time
recording package, and the well-renowned Microsoft Office-compatible
office suite, OpenOffice.org, as well as more specialist tools for such
tasks as checking for conflicts of interest, and searching and
manipulate legal transcripts and pleadings.  The fact that the software
is "open source" (or simply "free", meaning free of restrictions rather
than free of cost) allows both developers and users of Debian-Lex to
alter the software to suit their needs.

More information on the Debian-Lex project may be obtained from its
developers' Web site http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-lex, or by
contacting the project leader Jeremy Malcolm at Jeremy@Malcolm.id.au or
+61-8-9213 0800.

--- suggested PR ends ---

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Providing online networks of Australian lawyers (http://www.ilaw.com.au)
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