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NewsForge: Study Aims to Measure Benefit of Open Source Software on Schools

Aug 21, 2002, 11:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"Last Tuesday, the Open-Source Software Institute announced it was joining a couple of Mississippi education institutions to sponsor a Ph.D-level study on the viability of using Open Source software in public schools.

"Organizers, which include the North Mississippi Education Consortium and the University of Mississippi's School of Education, believe the study will show cost savings and other benefits of using Open Source software in schools, where budgets are often tight.

"John Weathersby, OSSI founder and chairman, says the goal of the study is for it to be a 'logical and practical' guide for schools looking at Open Source software as an alternative. 'I keep going back to practicality, because I think that's extremely important,' Weathersby says. 'Technology for technology's sake is not worth a lot to me, but technology that's applied, that's where the true value comes in...'

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