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[News] Bad Economy Leads to Consideration of GNU/Linux and FOSS in Schools

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Crappy economy = great time for open source in schools

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| Not only is it budget time for me right now as we put together our FY10 
| plans, but it’s also time to figure out how we’re going to make it through 
| the rest of FY09. Since so many people have lost jobs and/or homes recently, 
| the state and town just aren’t getting the tax revenues for which they’ve 
| budgeted, meaning that we’ve been asked to find ways to cut as much as 10% 
| from this year’s budget.     
| [...]
| How about those Vista upgrades? If XP is headed out in your organization for 
| whatever reason, now is the time to consider Linux. Before the flames begin 
| in earnest, I completely understand that there are places where Linux still 
| can’t work and possibly even places where a Vista upgrade may be justified. 
| However, if user requirements can be met with free software instead of 
| software carrying a licensing cost, we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least give 
| it a second thought.      


Days ago:

Vladivostok Gives Free GNU/Linux Netbooks

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| I've written before about the increasing uptake of, and innovation around,
| free software in Russia. Here's another fascinating experiment, involving the
| Vladivostok State University of Economics and Services, which is giving
| students netbooks running the Mandriva distro...


Xavier School Deploys 600 Ubuntu Linux Desktops

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| Xavier is the latest K-12 school to move Ubuntu Linux to the head of the
| class. In fact, the school has deployed more than 600 Ubuntu desktops,
| according to Pierre Tagle, Xavier’s consulting IT director. During a recent
| email exchange with WorksWithU, Tagle described why the San Juan,
| Phillipines-based school has fallen for Ubuntu.



All Russian Schools to Use Free Software

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| I've often lamented how few schools in the UK use free software, and how
| difficult it is to break the lock that Microsoft has on the entire
| educational system. The pathetic state here is highlighted by contrast with
| Russia, which is making amazing strides in rolling out open source to
| schools.

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