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Re: [K12OSN] Application Help



any chance that enough of us could push the vendor of this program to port this
program to a linux os?

my understanding is that this is an old mac/win3.1 program anyway and may be
well suited for wine.

stu

Steve Langasek wrote:

> On Wed, May 29, 2002 at 08:34:56AM -0700, Shawn-Hamby -ESC wrote:
>
> > Thank you all for your responses.  To clarify, STAR Reading is the
> > assessment piece of Accelerated Reader, and every student in our district
> > is assessed with this application.  I have labs throughout every school
> > that seem at times to be dedicated just for this application.
>
> > So, here comes my dilemma.  These labs we are looking at, are all full of
> > donated computers.  The schools can not afford to license any software for
> > these platforms, be it Windows or any Linux type software.  If I can
> > develop them a free platform, that meets or exceeds what they are
> > currently able to do with their Windows labs, I can easily get the
> > momentum needed to test and evaluate Linux in our environment.  I would
> > love to go to CodeWeavers, but I won't be able to license any software for
> > each one of these machines.
>
> With the exception of their CrossOver plugin code (a proprietary library
> that links between Wine and your Linux web browser), CodeWeavers does not
> charge per-seat licenses for any of their software: they were one of the
> principal backers of the decision to switch Wine to use the LGPL copyleft
> license, and all work they've done on Wine for *any* of their customers
> has been released back into the public, freely-available tree.  You would
> not be buying software from them, you would be contracting with them to
> get your choice application working under Wine.  Paying them to fix up
> Wine would certainly cost more than buying a single OS license, but
> if there's as much market for this application as discussion here
> suggests, you may find it possible to share the development costs with
> other districts that are in the same boat as you:  and once the
> development's done, you would have no ongoing license costs to worry
> about.
>
> Steve Langasek
> postmodern programmer
>
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