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From 3-D animation to desktop publishing, the best free programs for schools

Dec 01, 2009, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Hargadon)

"...a result, perhaps, of restrictive school budgets (there are no licensing fees with OSS). There may also be a growing understanding of the concept of open source, in which contributors, who do not expect compensation for their efforts, write software for which the actual programming code is “open” and freely available. Personally, I think that Wikipedia has made a big difference. While the online reference isn’t software, but rather “open content,” Wikipedia demonstrates the potential of volunteer contributors to create a serious project for the benefit of all.

"Following are some of the most popular OSS applications for schools. All are freely available, requiring no license fees, and can be loaded on an unlimited number of computers or distributed to students for home use."

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