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On 01/17/2012 04:42 PM, Dave Johnson wrote:
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From: "Dave Johnson"<>
Date: Jan 17, 2012 3:40 PM
Subject: Libo push
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Just wanted to pass on that I have been promoting libreoffice  on 5 campus
in middle tennessee usa.
I have contacted via email as many as 300 individual students.
I will be passing out as many libreoffice dvd's as I can make.
Please forward this message to the group so everybody can  know what I'm
doing in tennessee

Well, I have printed about half that many from the various versions of the following DVD ISO file, since summer. Most were given out to people within 50 miles of my location in "central" New York State.

It would be nice to get the DVDs into the hands of the students BEFORE they get the MS habit, i.e. while they are still at home in their local school districts. Free DVDs to college students are great, except if it is after their parents forked out for MSO on their kid's college computers.

I tend to make both DVD case and thin-jewel case copies depending on who will be getting the media. Except for the lower computer skilled person - think business suites - I tend to give out DVDs with Windows, Linux, and Mac installs. For those who would have problems with that, or gets confused about their computer's specs, I have a Windows-only version of the DVD.

What extras are you offering besides the generic LO English install files? Any extra language packs? Any extra dictionaries? Any extensions or templates? If you have students where they read/write more than just English, or maybe Spanish as well, it is good to have a sampling of other language packs to show them that it is easy to add more languages to the package, or at least have more dictionaries than just the default ones. There are over 180 dictionaries that work for LO out there. I tried to include them all with my DVDs. I now produced a set of English dictionaries [plus thesaurus and hyphenation] going from 98,000 words to over 638,000 words in their spelling word lists. I have a 1,000,000+ word list, but the last 200,000 words seem to be mostly obscure words and "weird but valid" spellings of included ones. You get to decide on how far you want to go with the depth of the words, and word types, you want to spell. There are dictionaries specifically for Medical and Chemical words and terms that are currently not in my 638K word lists [90K+/- of them]. Bet that would help for some college students.

So the extras do help. So does templates for "standard" document types that they might need can help with their large paper assignments.

It is great that you have the ability to canvas 5 colleges with the software. Now maybe we can get more "extras" that are geared for the "learning environments". From 6th grade to post-graduate level, all could use more "stuff" than comes in the basic office package to help with their paperwork these days. MSO does not do much, except student discount, so maybe we should.

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