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The Minnesota Daily: University Wastes Millions on Software for Students

Sep 26, 2005, 16:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Ketola)

"The University wasted a whopping $2.7 million recently by purchasing licenses of Microsoft Office and Windows XP Pro for each registered student as Don Parris pointed out in his Sept. 15 letter. The opportunity existed for the University to distribute free software which would have liberated students from the endless cycle of increasingly expensive upgrades of proprietary software, but they chose not to take advantage of the deal. This problem is hardly limited to this particular university and is even becoming an issue in international development. Fortunately, however, there is recourse for individuals who do not want to fund near-monopolies like Microsoft..."

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