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Jul 30, 2005, 21:00 (11 Talkback[s])

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"Australian public schools have an agreement with Microsoft, that entitles them to use the full suite of 'serious', school-related software from that company, for a nominal fee (nominal for the schools that is, there 'might' be hidden costs involved at higher level).

"Since there's nothing wrong with Microsoft software, why would a school choose to use Open Source software instead, gaining no economic benefit therefrom and creating more work sourcing out what the schools need to cover their software needs, downloading the software (Microsoft software is 'kindly' delivered to the schools as it is released) at some expense (actually, a totally unrealistic expense, compared with the free market options)?

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