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Monday, May 21, 2012

Ubuntu for students - in progress

Hello supporters of Ubuntu for students.  Check out how things are going up-to-date with this project.
While David is trying to appeal to the administration, I'm trying to appeal to the students.

Haven't read about my project?  Please read...

Italics represent the most current writing.
05/19/12 - finished the proposal. sent it to David.

7:35 AM - met with David for the morning.  David says the proposal has most points covered, but I still felt skeptical.  Perhaps, some things could be revised or added on to it.  We agreed to hand it over to the administration tomorrow.

5:30 PM - I'm anticipating to chat with David through Skype.

6:05 PM - David says the proposal, in his eyes, is fresh and ready, but I felt very cautious. To be in the safe side, David and I felt that it should pass through some "checks" - scrutiny under the tech head, another tech head, and a friend. This will have to delay the submission of the proposal. Also, before submitting the proposal, we need to establish a strong foundation of favorable student opinion to back our case, which can take some days, like...
  • setting up computers comparing windows xp and ubuntu. 
  • making a surveymonkey on the user experience (end user happiness!). 
Despite limited resources - laptops - and some technical issues to delve into (incompatibility of SIS in Ubuntu), we still have hope.  We just need to play the right cards.  

10:20 AM - I raised new concern in our very short chat.  One dilemma is quite troubling: how would data transfer work between servers with different OSes (if school adopted Ubuntu server, would it communicate successfully with district's central server?)

David's "authorities" have yet to see the proposal for themselves.  I'm awaiting their consent.

We decided that we need to appeal to one group at a time, starting with the students.  Our plan is to host a hands-on demo during lunchtime for students to try ubuntu and windows side by side, like a comparison. This will take some time and lots of good communication to get running.  Also, leadership's support is essential.

Readers from JHMS, I'm counting on you to spread the word about the demo to your friends.  The proposed place and setup isn't tentative yet.

12:30 PM - I got to meet two seniors - Ren and Red - in a classroom, just chilling.  I had an interesting discussion about open source and its purpose with them, my hope being to inculcate the beauty of it to these Microsoft-friendly hearts.  I shook their convictions slightly.

8:15 PM - It is about time to get professional support. I sent a mail to ubuntu-us-ca mailing list about our precarious dilemma shrouded in uncertainty of further actions.  Someone replied back quickly in earnest of our endeavors, telling us to get komputer4kids and an LuG from LA involved.  I'll be contacting them shortly.

1:03 PM - Kp4k hasn't responded yet, but UCLA LuG is really interested in my effort. Suddenly, mailing lists felt like a godsend!  I've got very interesting thoughts from the members, mainly about reaching a strong compromise with the administration.  They were extremely supportive of holding a demo for students; the worry, however, is still the limited resources...

Teachers are quite a great obstacle, one says, because they are overtly attached to their Windows XP's and are very fickle of change. We need to get supportive teachers.

Some others insisted using another Linux distro that's not Ubuntu, like Sugar.  Derivatives - Gnome 3, Edubuntu - seem a viable candidate for students.  I still think Ubuntu is fine enough.

I need to master some key aspects of marketing. Perhaps, Jono Bacon's Art of Community will work.  I'm planning to get a copy of it. 

10:00 PM - Lots of friendly people from UCLA LuG.  Thanks for your many suggestions!  There are many problems to be wary of. The school's critical processes, from file management to student databases, can be jeopardized.  These services were meant for Windows XP anyway... unless there is a way to port them. It's a matter of convincing the IT people of our school that the administrative tasks are doable in Linux.

About marketing... Well, sponsorship is a good idea.  Maybe getting Mozilla or Google's attention about a school project promoting open source will hook them to the cause.  Their support will be essential for the switch, and I'll be contacting them later today.

Teachers can also be supportive if they know what I'm up to.  I'm planning to tell my English, Math, and Science teachers about this, and, crossing my fingers, I hope they spread the word amongst their colleagues - the other teachers of the school.  This would facilitate the process by a long shot.  Yup, to weather the furious storm requires smart moves.

7:32 AM - I just started reading Art of Community; I'm very absorbed to the prose of it.

7:00 PM - Haven't been able to meet David all day.  That's not an issue, as he says the proposal is still undergoing revisions to attain professional status.  I molded the suggestions from the friendly UCLA LuG and prepared to hunt for the sponsorship... to no avail.  Applications for sponsorship from Google  placed me on so great a stalemate that I require some help from the community in finding a perfect sponsor. I posted my plea on the community cafe of the Ubuntu forums.

Hamin was very supportive and he suggested to me some ideas about the layout of my blog.  I addressed it cordially, tweaking some widgets here and there. He brought forth the necessity to hold a demo sooner or later, before interest wanes to rock bottom.  I'm onto that; the priority is sponsorship or school authorization of installing Ubuntu on some systems.

I have sent emails to some of my teachers regarding the project. I have not heard from Kr4k at all.  It's been quite a few days...  

12:00 PM - I've been thinking about a lot lately.  If I want to carry out demos and market effectively, I would need administration approval.  The most important step would be submitting the proposal asap.  From there, I can build the foundation, as I don't want to wake a dormant dragon from its reverie. It's not possible to spread flyers around the campus or hold demos or talks without the administration's consent.

I fear that the administration would reject the proposal, posing a terrible sign of the ignorance of the administration.  Fortunately, my proposal has been edited and thoroughly reviewed, almost fresh for submission.  I"m meeting up with David today during lunch to prepare for the ride.

I'm ready to put theory to practice at the start of next week.  

11:00 PM - I just reflected on a discussion with Hamin and David today, and I developed profound insight.  Marketing is a must at the start of next week, and intense planning and communication during the memorial weekend can make a huge difference.  Flyers, according to Montes, can be distributed to saturate the campus by consent of the office (as long as administration is not involved, it's alright.)  The new question becomes: what should be on the flyers?

I'm aching to speak about Ubuntu to an audience, teachers or students, before getting them to a demo. Using the auditorium for this sounds appealing, but I don't want to face administration approval.  Yeah, a startling dilemma. Also, I'm looking towards Canonical for sponsorship, if that can work.  Speaking of which, I still haven't started on my surveymonkey and impress just yet!

I'm going to email Hamin and David next week's agenda shortly.  It all rests on the concentrated effort of the weekends.

10:00 AM - Hamin, David, and I were very engaged in discussing the contents of the flyer.  Our timing can make a powerful difference with the results.  After all, we only have 3 weeks left (including this one!) How do we leave a lasting imprint? By preparing to deliver.

We began emailing like madness, from heralding a demo this week to a room to hold the demo.

3:15 PM - David had a Eureka moment, that Ubuntu can be livebooted. Therefore, Ubuntu can be run on as many computers as possible without being installed!  Unfortunately, chances are that the computer will experience performance spikes.

I suggested dualbooting, but I'm not sure if that's proper.

11:30 PM - Hanging out on Facebook did pay off.  Some people from my school (notably Andrew Celi) is trying to gain publicity for Ubuntu for Students.  Suggestions after suggestions are helping me out.  I'm starting to notice that people love staying up.

The email thread of us three reached 34 by the eve of the night.  Aye, discussion vs. recording the ideas?  I say record them, so I started a google doc on this.  I'm expecting our participants (6 people) to lend suggestions into this.

Kr4k never responded this whole week.  :/

8:09 AM - I wake up this morning ready to act.  I guess this is the time to assign roles to our active supporters and prepare for tomorrow before the close of the day.

11:00 AM - 3:30 PM - Ahh, for the majority of the day, I was reading a tome on European History out near a tree shade at Venice Beach, a great way to kill some time and actually learn something.  Out of the corner of my eye is a hint of hope that the project for the school will be a great success.  Sigh, I barely read 10% of the book...

5:00 PM - I return home to see that social media is an intrinsic asset to our success.  Zhi, who aspires to become a leadership member, is really supportive and insisted that I started a group on FB on this.  I complied, and we have a burgeoning group of citizens for open source.

We've decided to send out flyers on raising awareness of ubuntu. We're getting revved up for an explosive debut. 

9:00 PM - Our open group for Ubuntu is growing in numbers, passing 100 members in mere hours.  From obscurity, we're shooting for recognition so that the whole school can mobilize for this cause.  We hope for the best during this extremely pressing week...

12:30-1:05 PM - Hamin, Zhi, David, and I met in Carjon's class to discuss the status quo. Our team is nascent but flourishing, yet we all must play our parts correctly to ensure success.

7:00 PM - I return home to see that Terrence Diaz is lambasting this cause, that it's not pragmatic.  That's a reaction that I expected, as most students are very conservative about technology.

It's important that I stay objective throughout.  Both sides of the issues matter, of course, but as an all-out advocate, I must purge bigotry, ignorance, and misconceptions with the mighty hand of research.

I'm gonna halt this post, now that I see I need to head a new direction.  Keeping this up will only cause a lot of ruckus.  X(

This is it.

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