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"This week saw the launch of Red Hat's University Program, a "global program designed to use Red Hat's comprehensive resources to accelerate the use of open source solutions in the educational environment". Fundamentally, the program sees Red Hat directly funding universities with software designed to promote the use of open source software in universities, to "build out their Internet infrastructure with open source and expand universities' teaching and development resources."

"This move makes a lot of sense - universities have typically been the breeding grounds for new ideas and new technologies, especially in computer science. It was at university that an engineering student named Linus Torvalds developed his first experimental Linux kernel. It was through universities that the ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, grew and was encouraged along into the vast network we take for granted today. To encourage the development of open source software in universities is simply common sense."

"At the universities of today, you can find some of the world's most active Linux user groups housed. You can find budding engineers and scientists testing their teeth against the older but active minds of their professors, many of whom are involved in the Open Source movement. You can find students actively promoting Linux install-fests and giving away Linux CD's. You can also find a heck of a lot of beer, pizza and late night video games, but that's beside the point."

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