[Mageia-dev] Identifying Target Markets

Graham Lauder yorick_ at openoffice.org
Sun Oct 3 09:25:31 CEST 2010

On Sunday 03 Oct 2010 21:06:22 Marc Paré wrote:
> Le 2010-10-03 02:34, Wolfgang Bornath a écrit :
> > 2010/10/3 andré<andr55 at laposte.net>:
> >> Targeting the school boards makes a lot of sense.
> > 
> > Again this is something you can not generalize, different countries
> > have different structures.
> > In Germany it is not a school board who decides what software will be
> > bought for a certain region or school. This is decided on state level
> > for the various states of the federal republic. You have to go to some
> > state office and compete with the reps of Microsoft. You do not talk
> > to parents or teachers, it's some bureaucrats who decide this over
> > here (with very few exceptions).
> > 
> > Same with many other countries. This school board system as in the US
> > is not a world wide system.
> 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. We have provinces in Canada and, as you say, in Germany
> you have states -- same hierarchy but with different names. As far as I
> know, the American model is more of a federalist model and
> consultation/coordination is done mostly from a national point of view.
> I am sure someone on the list will straighten us out on this account.
> We shouldn't assume that, if people describe a different system on this
> ML, that they are therefore American citizen who are trying to impose it
> on everyone. I just assume that we are all Canadians on the list
> (chuckles).

I noticed that there seemed to be an overwhelming sense of reasonableness,  
Maybe you're right.  ;)

> Marc


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