[Mageia-dev] Identifying Target Markets

Marc Paré marc at marcpare.com
Sun Oct 3 10:57:42 CEST 2010

Le 2010-10-03 04:34, Wolfgang Bornath a écrit :
> 2010/10/3 Marc Paré<marc at marcpare.com>:
>> I can't speak for André (he sounds like he is Canadian), but I am not a US
>> citizen, I am Canadian. Our school system and software purchase models are
>> the same as you describe. However, we do consult with school boards and
>> interested partners before acquiring software licences. I am sure, the
>> German states would consult with their partners before doing such as well
> Unfortunately they do not. There have been lots of discussions but
> especially the hierarchy concerning education is very tight over here.
> All decisions are political decisions, not primarily based on technics
> or facts but on the political programs. SIngle schools or parents or
> students are not involved in such decisions.
> wobo

It is strange that parents, teachers and even students would not have a 
say. How can there be an acquisition and amortization period for your 
software programmes if you do not consult with your partners? I do not 
know of any system where it would survive without input from groups 
using the software/hardware. Otherwise, people would simply not use the 
software that was dictated to them and the politicians would then have 
to try to rationalize the reasons why they spent the $$$$$ for software 
that nobody uses. There must be a consultative process otherwise your 
educational system would have complained for sure.

In Canada, and in my province of Ontario, we are even mandated to get 
input from our students. We all have a say. That is not to say that 
there is no political involvement, but even so, voices of all ages are 
heard and reported back to the people in charge of planning and purchases.


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