October 08, 2002
Big things start small: Open Source in schools

I've mentioned Norwegian project SkoleLinux (School Linux) and the Peruvian Government's open-source strategy before.

Skolelinux is not an academic exercise in proving that alternatives to Microsoft are possible. This is a real product, saving real money for real schools today, enabling city councils to hire more teachers or dave tax money for other uses.

Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian) reports millions to be saved using free software: (my translation / paraphrase)

Harestad primary school at Randaberg (near Stavanger, Norway) is one of many Norwegian schools considering the OpenOffice.org package.

"By bypassing Microsoft Windows and Office we will save approximately $40.000 the next three years", says Felix Laate, the ICT coordinator of Harestad primary school. "In the longer run, Norwegian schools can save millions [...] For us, there is no reason in the world to purchase products from Microsoft"

Interesting and inspirational...

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