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OpenSourceSchools.org: Linux Enables Safe Computer Donations to Schools

May 07, 2002, 19:00 (16 Talkback[s])

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"In an official announcement from the SchoolForge group today, spokesman Leon Brooks refuted statements on Microsoft's website which have been widely interpreted as a roadblock to the acceptance of donated computers by schools and other needy organisations.

"'Using Linux, OpenOffice.org and other Open Source software, a school or charity can safely accept almost any donated computer,' he said. 'Simply wipe it and replace the software with Linux and Open Source applications, then use the computer as a powerful workstation or server. It's an excellent idea to erase the existing operating system anyway - this also erases viruses and trojan horses, protects the donor's privacy, and complies with the typical EULA - so why not upgrade to Linux while you're there?'

"Brooks also noted that Linux removed many of the burdens, costs and legal risks of licence management and software asset auditing faced by most businesses, organisations and individuals..."

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