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[DotGNU]OT: File formats schools

From: James Michael DuPont
Subject: [DotGNU]OT: File formats schools
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 01:25:18 -0800 (PST)

Dear all,
this is a off topic, but I know there are many students here :

I have gotten my first installment of a e-learning package from my
university, in Power Point format. I requested that they provide me the
files in Standard HTML and PNG format or PDF. 

It turns out that my school is sponsored by Microsoft, and they have
these funky student licenses the "give" the students Office for $10 and
require the school to monitor their usage, prevent them from using the
software commercially, and delete it when they are done with school. 

After many letters to the directors and professors of the school I
agreed to start converting the materials for them into standard format.

Also they are pushing .NET at that school, and would be a great place
for DOT.GNU.

My question is to you, have you had similar problems? Are you
interested in creating a Student group that is active in promoting free
software in  schools and distance learning?


James Michael DuPont

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