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[DotGNU]Increasing GNU/Linux Usage via Libraries

From: Seth Johnson
Subject: [DotGNU]Increasing GNU/Linux Usage via Libraries
Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2002 19:42:37 -0400

Cool idea via the Phoenix Linux Users Group list,

I'm thinking wouldn't it be nice to create snazzy display
stands/kiosks for "Free as in Freedom" software, and provide
them for free to libraries?  It would also build alliances
with the library constituency, and draw explicit connections
in the public's minds about information freedom.


-------- Original Message --------
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 16:27:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Matt Alexander <address@hidden>

On Tue, 9 Jul 2002 address@hidden wrote:

> I've noticed that the Scottsdale Library has software
> you can check out just like you do a book. Obviously
> the selection is limited by copyright restrains and
> most of it is outdated. You can't check out M$ Office,
> load it on your computer and then return the CD two
> weeks later.
> Would this be a good way to introduce the public to
> Linux? What if they could just go to the library and
> check out a copy of OpenOffice and load it on their
> Windows box? ("Hey, this is cool!") And maybe find
> the latest Linux distros on the same shelf with a
> note that PLUG could offer install help.
> Now it might not be so simple as taking a load of
> CD's down to your local branch. While the library
> does take donations they will not guarentee that
> they will be put on the shelf.

Excellent idea, Dennis, and a nice way to get Free Software
in the hands of additional users.  Would you like to take
the initiative to call libraries and make them aware of your
plan?  I'd be happy to burn zillions of OpenOffice and Linux
CDs for this project.  We should make sure to include
information about PLUG with each CD as well.

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