Sam Lanfranco <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > For software the open source platforms are both available at all levels > (i.e., operating systems, browsers, email, server software, OpenOffice > application suite, etc. etc.) and there are thousands of open source > people online who will help you - at a distance and usually for free -.
While I am a believer in open-source, I have to say that in the case of my project in Goa, India - GSCP, the above has definitely not been true. In general Linux folks are always ready to answer a quick question or two, but anything more complicated requires paid support. The case I want to share is our need for educational software compatible with the RH 7.2 distro (GNOME desktop) we use in our schools. While there is tons of available educational software on sites like seul.org, it is a mishmash of different distributions, different desktops etc, and very little of it actually works on our distro. We've tried very hard to get online volunteers (including netaid) to help with compiling RPM's etc, but have had almost zero success. Consequently, as schoools begin to experiment with computer assisted teaching, we are facing a losing battle, as schools realize that there is no Linux compatible educational software and switch over to MS. Anyone on a modest budget planning on using Linux should be aware of this limitation. Sincerely, Daryl ------------ ***GKD is solely supported by EDC, a Non-Profit Organization*** To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd Archives of previous GKD messages can be found at: <http://www.edc.org/GLG/gkd/>