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Re: [K12OSN] Application Help



I would be more than interested in pushing the developer, if I can get
more support behind me...

How many people would be interested?



k12osn redhat com writes:
>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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