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[News] Why OpenOffice.org is Ripe for Adoption in Schools

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Why aren't schools adopting open source?

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| I’ve had many a discussion with people in various sectors of the professional 
| world. Nearly every person I spoke with agrees with what I assumed to be a 
| truth: At one point teaching school-age kids Microsoft, and only Microsoft, 
| software was a safe bet. But things have changed. No longer is it safe to 
| assume that every business uses MS software. Although most businesses are 
| still sticking with one form of Windows or another, many of those same 
| businesses are adopting OpenOffice, Firefox, and more as their software of 
| choice. And thankfully for the students (and users of all ages and sorts) 
| OpenOffice has done a great job of creating an interface that anyone used to 
| MS Office will be comfortable with. So the preconceived notion that schools 
| HAVE to teach Microsoft Office is not longer a given truth.          



55,000 French Students to Receive OpenOffice

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| Open Source Schools (UK) has a discussion thread on the recent announcement
| that 55,000 laptops pre-installed with OpenOffice.org will be distributed to
| students in Oise, just north of Paris.


OpenOffice.org being distributed to Portuguese schools

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| I was just made aware of this Portuguese blog entry. CDs including
| OpenOffice.org will be distributed to Portuguese schools again. Great news!


Open Source in Education

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| The UK Government, even more so now they have just spanked £500bn propping up
| the banking system, must start to act and reduce the outrageous and
| completely wasteful expenditure on proprietary software. Why oh why don’t we
| just do a nation-wide roll out of OpenOffice.org to EVERY computer in the
| public sector and especially in Education? It would be a good start, and then
| we can get rid of that festering boil called Windows later.
|     * No more extortionate upgrade costs,
|     * no more public documents created in binary, patent encumbered formats,
|     * an end to the single vendor lock-in and monopoly,
|     * no more two-tier children…



'We are not competing but contributing'

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| A well-acknowledged global trend is that most school children and first-time 
| computer users get their basic computer lesson by learning to use Microsoft 
| Office and Windows Operating System.  
| This raises the hackles of many Open Source advocates who rue the fact that 
| most schools and governments do not promote the use of Open Source software 
| such as Sun Microsystems-sponsored OpenOffice. While Microsoft Office enjoys 
| over 90 per cent of the market, OpenOffice.org and StarOffice are slowly 
| making inroads into enterprises, government and education sectors. 
| Localization efforts by contributors are enabling OpenOffice to reach more 
| countries in multiple languages. Jim Parkinson, vice president, Collaborative 
| Engineering, Sun Microsystems spoke to Priya Padmanabhan of CyberMedia News 
| OpenOffice and Sun's commitment to promote developer efforts on the program.        


District set to use free productivity software

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| Our students will be expected to be versatile in a variety of
| technology tools upon their graduation, not just the one
| application promoted in the states. OpenOffice.org is available
| in 65 languages and is quickly becoming the global standard for
| colleges, corporations, international communications and world
| markets as the number one productivity suite.


Schools should use Openoffice.org

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| Tradition and continuity are really the only reasons that schools
| are still buying MS Office, but not for long.


OSSDI - Open Source Software Distribution Initiative

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| OSSDI is a brand-new organization committed to distributing open
| source alternatives to expensive commercial software packages,
| especially in education. Initially, OSSDI will be focusing its
| efforts on giving away professionally pressed CD-ROMS containing
| the OpenOffice.org software suite within school districts in
| poverty-stricken areas.

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