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IT Manager's Journal: How to Advocate for FOSS in Schools

Nov 01, 2006, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As in business, free and open source software (FOSS) is spreading rapidly in educational systems. Yet, despite the growing acceptance, experienced advocates are unanimous in observing that significant barriers remain. FOSS advocates in schools in Canada and the United States not only need to face the innate conservatism of those around them, but also need to plan their campaigns carefully, choosing tactics that will work and avoiding counterproductive ones. Success is more likely to come slowly, and from starting small, than from any overnight success.

"To understand effective advocacy techniques in the schools, we contacted three veterans of the fight..."

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