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Re: [News] 'Open' University Still in Microsoft's Pocket

  • Subject: Re: [News] 'Open' University Still in Microsoft's Pocket
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 09:27:41 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: A poorly-maintained Debian GNU/Linux InterNetNews site
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  • Xref: ellandroad.demon.co.uk comp.os.linux.advocacy:708210
Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> University challenged to ditch Microsoft
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| The OU provides students with technical support, but only if they use 
>| Microsoft software. It advises students that if they don't use a Windows PC 
>| they "may have problems accessing the software and data files supplied with 
>| course materials". It has produced a 31-page guide to using Microsoft 
>| software and extensive demonstrations. It has produced upgrade advice for 
>| Microsoft's Vista operating system and even gone as far as promoting a 
>| Microsoft discount offer to its students.      
>| The OU does distribute copies of the Open Source Star Office to all students, 
>| but that endorsement pales in comparison to its backing of Microsoft. It has 
>| given no such advice, support or endorsement of Ubuntu, the free operating 
>| system lauded as the Open Source movement's viable alternative to Windows.   
> `----
> http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/11/11/university-challenged-ditch
> "Government attorneys accuse Microsoft of using its monopoly position to bully,
> bribe and attempt to collude with others in the industry, while illegally
> expanding and protecting its Windows franchise."
> http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20010629&slug=microtimeline29
>                         The antitrust case: a timeline

Education must be taken out of the hands of the oligarchs.

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