More local schools to get OpenOffice

Friday, December 19 2003
(Published Tuesday, December 23 2003)

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More local schools to get OpenOffice

PETALING JAYA: Following the success of its initiative to donate 50 CDs containing the OpenOffice 1.1 open source office productivity suite, students of Britain's Wilmslow High School have burned 50 more OpenOffice 1.1 CDs for free distribution to Malaysian schools.

According to Colin Charles, community marketing contact for Malaysia, schools that benefited from the first round of donations in October included SMJK Bukit Bintang Boys, SMJK La Salle and SMJK Sultan Abdul Samad School here.

The British secondary school students took the official OpenOffice CD image and added Java Runtime Environment for Windows, burned the CDs, packaged them nicely and sent them via post to Malaysia, Charles told In.Tech via e-mail.

These CDs would be available free upon request through How Eng Keong of Advanced Technology Study Centre (atSC), which can be reached at (603) 7665-1988. For more info, e-mail Colin Charles at

Each school is entitled to receive three CDs and it was hoped they will make further copies for their students' use and make further donations to other schools, said Charles.

Details about the history of the Education initiative is available at

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