Open source training at the Marree Rural Transaction Centre -
lucychili at internode.on.net
Tue May 9 01:03:47 CST 2006
Apologies for the repost.
I needed to correct the open source bit which was not accurate.
I am happy to send a more technical report to people who would like more
of the software specifics. This version is largely tailored for non
Linux folk. Hope it is of interest/use.
Open source training at the Marree Rural Transaction Centre
Penny Dadleh, Lizzie Khan, Dorothy Bremert, Colleen Roberts and Roylene
Warren of Marree and Colin Wilkinson of Copley all participated in
training at the Marree Rural Transaction Centre last week.
Bettong.org trainers Robyn Manning, Karl Goetz and Janet Hawtin used the
Ubuntu Linux distribution on Live CDs to work through the INGOTs
international grades for office technology. Karl Goetz also provided an
introduction to computer networking for Colin who is aiming to return to
Copley to help with a Linux network in development there.
Bronze Ingots were awarded to Penny Dadleh, Colleen Roberts, Roylene
Warren, Colin Wilkinson, and also to Karl Goetz and Janet Hawtin. Bronze
Assessor was awarded to Janet Hawtin. A Silver Ingot award was awarded
to Penny Dadleh, who was also awarded a Silver Assessor.
"Everyone put in a great effort, especially Penny who has covered a lot
of material during the week. It is great for Marree that Penny is now an
Assessor. This will make it possible for those people who have started
their courses to continue with them and will enable other people in
Marree to try the same course." said Janet
ITShare forms were left for people to complete in order to apply as a
recipient of a refurbished computer. Robyn provided forms for both
organisations and individuals to make an application.
Robyn also installed two Ubuntu dual boot computers. Now it is possible
to try Linux on the Marree RTC network. There are also a number of
Ubuntu CD's both live and install CD's at the Marree RTC for people to
Janet explained that "The great thing about open source software is that
the software is intended to be shared. This makes it possible for
ITShare to distribute computers with free software on. It also makes it
possible for the Bettong.org group to share the software they work with.
People are able to burn copies of the software and give them to friends.
The software is developed by community members and provided to everyone,
free of charge, to use, share and improve."
The Bettong.org group heard about the Marree RTC from Noven divi Flamen
who has been maintaining the Marree RTC network. "The network is a very
tidy and well maintained system and a credit to both Noven and Penny."
said Karl. "Noven has also been involved in the network at Copley and is
soon to leave for Indonesia to establish a Linux network for a large not
for profit organisation. We wish him all the best!"
The trip to Marree was made possible by the SA ACE funding program which
enables not for profit organisations to provide training to the
community sector. The Bettong team was very happy to have had the
opportunity deliver training in Marree. The Transaction Centre is an
excellent facility and we hope that other organisations are able to
bring their training and projects to this friendly town.
Marree Rural Transaction Centre (08) 8675 8222 outback.marree at bigpond.com
SA ACE http://www.training.sa.gov.au/OVETstudents/pages/default/fundace
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