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File formats and distance learning

From: James Michael DuPont
Subject: File formats and distance learning
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 01:44:01 -0800 (PST)

Dear All,
I have gotten my first installment of a e-learning package from my
university, in Power Point format! I cannot easily view this with
free software (I mean openoffice is HUGE). I requested that they
provide me the files in Standard HTML and PNG format or PDF. 
It turns out that my school is sponsored by Microsoft, and they have
these restrictive student licenses the "give" the students Office for
$10 and require the school to monitor their usage, prevent them from
using the software commercially, and delete it when they are done
with school. 
After many letters to the directors and professors of the school I
agreed to start converting the materials for them into standard

Many other people must have similar problems all over the world!

My question is to you : Are you interested in  promoting free
software and open file formats in  schools and distance learning?

James Michael DuPont

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