I shook hands with Nathan McCoy, the president of the group, and got comfortable with the lounge and its many inhabitants, all Linux enthusiasts. We initiated the discussion with a clearer picture of my goal: to not only raise school awareness of open source, but perhaps bring a transition to the school's decadent technology.
The theme? Spark interest, then push an idea! 2 years is ample time to work this through.
Open to suggestions, I was suprised beyond measure of the loads of ideas they contributed, most of which were extremely high quality.
Here are ideas for the moderate course.
- Grassroot entry: start from the bottom, slowly build up on it.
- Start a computer group in school, or more specifically, a LUG.
- *Set up timetables, meetings, and events.
- Acting closed, make the ideas "trendy" (ex. instead of talking of jargon like "open source," I relate it to people, consider what they care about, and make it seem like another Windows and just as easy - or even more appealing - to use.)
- Showcase applications that I create or tricks/tips to the group.
- For instance, say I wanted a few computers in the library to run Linux. I would contact the district office to see if anyone else has tried this, and if it's permissible to try this in the school.
- I can talk with the school's computer science teacher and see his views on Linux in school. Striking a negotiation would help.