Nov. 18, 2002 – While there may be no such thing as a free lunch, kindergarten through 12th grade teachers in the Virgin Islands as well as elsewhere can get a free copy of Apple's Mac OS X software Version 10.2. It is called "Jaguar."
Of course, you need an Apple computer — a Power Mac G3 or G4, iMac, eMac, iBook, or PowerBook G3 or G4 — to run the software.
To request the software, simply go to the Mac OS X for Teachers Web site. When the prompt asks for your zip code, put in 00802 if you're on St. Thomas or St. John and 00820 if you're on St. Croix, and a list of public and private schools in those islands will appear.
Note: If your school's zip code is different and that's what you enter, the number won't work. For example, the zip code for Julius E. Sprauve School on St. John is 00830, but the school appears under the 00802 zip code.
If your school isn't listed, click on the link that says "My school isn't listed here," and a screen will appear that enables you to add your school.
After you click on your school, a screen will appear asking for your name, e-mail address and some technical information. The software will be delivered to your school.
Although the second page of the Web site indicates that the software offer is good only in the 50 states and Washington, D.C., that's incorrect information.
According to the Apple Web site, the company wants to give teachers their free copy to demonstrate the stability and manageability of the Mac operating system. The company states that the system has more than 150 improvements and new features and that many were developed in response to education needs.
No one from Apple returned a telephone call requesting more information.
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