ALE CENTRAL for Thursday, June 19, 2008

Filed at 12:11 am June 18, 2008 under by Ruscetta

To complement the ALE OSPREX development project,
Daniel Howard was invited to share a presentation on his
work in promoting and supporting Linux in educational
environments. Thus our Thursday, June 19th, 7:30pm
ALE Central meeting is:

Bringing Linux to Georgia’s
Schools and Communities:
An Update from the Georgia
Open Source Education Foundation

with presenter Daniel Howard

Building on the success of a 7 school Enterprise LTSP pilot project
that delivered over 2,000 Linux computer systems to Georgia students
last year, Atlanta Public Schools is expanding their comprehensive
Linux computer program into at least 30 more schools over the next
two years. Now Dekalb County schools have also begun a Linux
classroom pilot, while charter schools, community centers, and Boys’
and Girls’ Clubs all over Atlanta are discovering why Linux is the
superior choice for providing reliable, secure, high performance,
education compatible computing with minimized costs and liabilities.
A great deal of this success is due to the evangelizing, promotion
and support efforts of the Georgia Open Source Education Foundation.
Come get an update on how we’re helping bring Linux into schools
and communities throughout Georgia one venue at a time, and what
a difference it’s making to students and non-profit organizations in the
greater Atlanta area.

Daniel Howard is a founder and CEO of GOSEF, a non-profit
group dedicated to promoting and sustaining the use of Open
Source Software in public and non-profit institutions through
advocacy, outreach, support, and recycling of donated hardware.
He has been a dedicated Linux evangelist and supporter since
2004, when he and William Fragakis established a highly successful
computer program at his daughter’s elementary school by converting
aging or dysfunctional Windows classroom PC’s into Linux thin clients
using K12LTSP with dozens of Open Source educational applications.
The substantial improvements in student performance attributed to the
Linux technology at Morris Brandon Elementary convinced
administrators to install Linux student computers throughout the
Atlanta Public Schools system.

For more background, see the web site.

We will be meeting in our usual Gambrel Hall room 1C venue.
Meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found here.

PS: There may be some Linux / ALE related T-Shirts available
at the meeting for a nominal donation that will go to a worthy Open
Source project. Grab a shirt and say “Linux” wear-ever you go!

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