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Linux Journal: University Rectors in Italy Promoting Proprietary Software

Dec 20, 2005, 18:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to Marco for this link. ]

"Last Tuesday, LJ.com published the final article in my seven-part series on how free software is being used in various Italian schools to the benefit of both teachers and students. Ironically, that same day, the Foundation of the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities (CRUI) announced an initiative to allow all students in Italian universities 'to use state of the art IT tools to study and prepare their exams,' as stated on the Education page of Microsoft's Italian Web site. In case you are wondering what such tools may be, CRUI is talking about Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003. Italian students will be able to purchase these products with discounts of up to 80%; this translates to about 79.99 Euros [US$95.40] for MS Office..."

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