Re: [DRAFT for REVIEW] Canadian British Columbia's School District #73 opts for Debian GNU / Linux
A couple friendly amendments to this article.
The first would be to introduce quotes around Montegomery's words, to distinguish them from the editorial content. The Italics are good, but in my estimation quotes are even better, and they come through in plain text email! :)
I also think it's probably better to keep Montgomery's word intact, if he says Microsoft and Windows, so should we, particularly if we indicate that we are quoting him either with Italics or Quotes. We should try to stick as close as possible to the words he has said when quoting. I can understand removing the words Microsoft and Windows if the publicity team has a policy about not publishing anything negative to any other group, please let me know if there is such a policy.
My amendments for your perusal can be found below. What is the best way to send an edit? should I be using the -blah +foo style, or something else?
Would it be possible to publish these articles on the somewhere on the wiki when they are being drafted?
I like editing on the wiki! Helps ease the challenge of communicating changes.
On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 12:23 PM, Andre Felipe Machado <firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, review the draft , reproduced below without links and
formatting, until April 25th, 2008, 18:00 GMT.
Canadian British Columbia's School District #73 opts for Debian GNU /
Kamloops Thompson School District #73, British Columbia, Canada, with 55
elementary and secondary schools, chose a majority of open source
software on Debian GNU / Linux as it is easier to maintain and in their
experience offers better support.
Dean Montgomery, network support technician and programmer for District
#73, stated in an interview: "In 15 minutes I can update OpenOffice[.org] on thousands of diskless workstations. This beats ghosting Windows hard drives,"
Having used other proprietary OS and Linux distributions before, in mid
2006 they moved over to Debian GNU / Linux because it is significantly
easier to keep up-to-date.
"We get better support with open source software: online wiki's,
forums, mailing lists etc are much faster and better to get support
than phoning up Microsoft and listening to someone read off answers
from flash cards."
Even older kids get their work done on Debian GNU / Linux. Montgomery states "Once the students see how much they can customize and tweak KDE desktop and play with Beryl 3D desktop, they like Linux more than Windows."
"We give everyone FreeNX access to their Linux desktop from home so they can get all the same programs without having to install Linux at home."
Montgomery believes a crucial aspect of migrating to Linux or open
sourced based software is training. "[But] students, they learn faster than all of the above [technicians, secretaries and librarians]. If you don't
know how to do something in Linux - just ask the students," he advised.
Read the complete interview at this page.
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