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Honestly, I dont think its worth your effort trying to talk someone like the Burser to
Can you by-pass him/her?
You really have to know who you are talking to... for some people its just not worth the
There are many strategies and what works for one will not work for someone else.
Sometimes its just better to not tell them its Linux, set up the machine with Linux and it
does the job - if its a
server they wont know Talk Open Source Software, Ubuntu etc...
Find someone who is likely to be willing to give Linux a try, can understand that Android
= Linux (for the purpose of
the argument here!!) instead of said Burser to talk to.
Talk up application and systems like Scratch, Edubuntu etc ..
Talk security - NO virus
Show them the OpenCD
Assure them they dont have to give up Windows
Show them data that shows where Open Source software Linux is used very successfully:
Top500 Supercomputers, Top
website (Alexa), NASA, etc .... : assuming here that they are willing to listen.
Tell them that Microsoft share of the Market is in decline and that MS soft share price is
Tell them like it or not, people are using PC's less and less, and Microsoft has only
a small share of mobile devices
(Tablet and smartphone) - ie: people will be using Windows much less, so getting to know
another system is
Just some ideas.
On Mon, September 30, 2013 17:51, Peter Nunn wrote:
At the risk of starting a thread that runs for months, how do you overcome microsoft FUB
in the education sector.
I've just quoted a couple of machines for a local, not for profit, school up my way
that were intended to run KVM and
file services with Winblows servers on top of them "because they have to have
The Buresr, whom I do have some sympathy for, given the amount of crap he's been
told, has made the decision that
Linux is 'too risky', after consulting other bursers on some network of bursers
(god knows) and being advised that
"Linux is no good in an education environment, can't get staff, no-one uses it
except a few 'out there risk takers'".
Of course the M$ suppliers are pushing the same line.
How the hell do you combat this bull shit?
I have to say I'm amazed that a school with so little money is happy to throw it away
to M$ (despite the heavy
discounts they get for the licenses).
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