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Iceland's public administration and schools moving towards open source

, posted: 22-Mar-2012 06:50

Encouraging news from Iceland, where a concerted effort is underway to move public administration towards open source in a sensible and deliberate manner. Scroll down a little in that article and you will find an interesting chapter about their schools:

 "We are also making sure that in our public schools, the national curricula does not restrict the use of free and open source software."

The project is also working on a call for tender to purchase services based on free and open source software.

"Public institutions have slowly been migrating to free software over the last four years. This school year, 2011-2012, two new secondary schools moved their systems entirely to free and open source software, bringing the count to five out of 32 schools."

A majority of the secondary schools are already running Moodle, an open source course management system. Other public bodies such as the newly founded Media commission also run entirely on free and open source software.


In the meantime in New Zealand, we are thankfully accepting Microsoft's offer to ensure that nothing like this is going to happen any time soon here and that we will raise our children as devoted Microsoft product users, rather than informed, knowledgeable individuals who are aware of the fact that there are choices and options out there, not just Microsoft.

Way to go! What a lost chance.

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