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[News] Why Governments Must Adopt Free Software and Schools Avoid Proprietary Software

  • Subject: [News] Why Governments Must Adopt Free Software and Schools Avoid Proprietary Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 02:06:55 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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In A Tighter Economy, Why Not Open Source In All Government Offices?

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| Later, after my response online, I was thinking that with the economy being 
| what it is, and Microsoft product warranties being what they are, all 
| governmental agencies should be using open source software. Now, I’ll stop 
| short of advocating a change to Linux, that would be too drastic, as the 
| public has not had enough exposure to that operating system.  But 
| applications? Oh yes, enthusiastically yes!      


Attention Schools: Beware of Infinite Campus

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| My school uses a SIS program called Infinite Campus.  The SIS (Student 
| Information System) is the backbone for any school.  It manages everything 
| from grades to lunch money, from registration to lesson plans, and everything 
| in between.  If you use, are employed by, and/or have high regards for the 
| Infinite Campus company, I strongly advise that you not to read this post, as 
| it may smash your high-held opinions about this fraud into little tiny 
| shards.      
| [...]
| They claim their mission statement is “Transforming K12 Education™”.  I 
| believe I have already explained enough to show why this is the stupidest 
| statement any proprietary software company can make.  How can anyone 
| transform something if they can’t access it?  Could have anyone improved upon 
| the Model-T automobile if Ford had only made a few of them, and then offered 
| rides to people when it was practical for him?  In the same way, can anyone 
| improve software if the malevolent company that “owns” the software forces 
| that person to treat its use as a privilege?       



Education IT chiefs debate open source

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| The concept of open source software seems so firmly entrenched in higher
| education that it comes as almost a shock to realize there's actually a
| debate over it. But debate there was, civilized and trenchant, this week
| during the annual Educause conference on high technology in higher education
| in the US.
| "It's really tough to take [commercial software] systems built for a
| corporate world and stick them into an education world," said Bradley
| Wheeler, vice president for IT and CIO at Indiana University, adding that one
| recent book estimated education globally would spent US$5.5 billion
| installing ERP, much of it in modifying commercial software to meet
| institutional needs. "We spend so much money trying to hard fit those things
| in."

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