[sf-lug] support for a high school student
einfeldt at gmail.com
Sat Dec 12 19:21:42 PST 2009
On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 6:27 PM, Michael Shiloh
>> How about a start-up that provides a FOSS solution which employs local
>> Linux community members to teach and support, eliminates the burden teachers
>> face in managing technology and does it for 1/3 the cost?
> This sounds like a great idea. I'm surprised no one has tried this yet.
> Christian? If anyone has tried this I expect you would hear about it.
> To what extent is this already fulfilled by volunteer groups?
Partimus is trying to do this very thing -- fundraise and pay people to do
what it is that we (Partimus) have been doing since 2004 -- deploy Linux
systems in schools.
We are now up to four schools, three of which we have been active in
establishing, one of which we are just loosely supporting (Ascend school in
The problem is money. Linux has not yet achieved widespread brand
recognition, and so there is little _perceived_ in Linux systems until those
systems are demonstrated. The problem also is the lack of a paid, dedicated
salesforce to push Linux to schools and other institutions.
But now, we have Linux systems in three schools in San Francisco, and one in
Oakland. We are always in need of volunteers. In particular, we now need
someone to help build a back-up server for the school at Turk & Pierce; and
we also need someone to fix some fairly nasty printer problems at that same
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