We lost our Office licence and went to NeoOffice (Mac OpenOffice) but the pathetic macs (128MB RAM, 600MHz Processor) we were running couldn't run it so we begged for our office licence back and got it.
The IT dude at our school comes in once a week and so if anything breaks, it has to wait until he comes in if our 70 year old computer systems manager (and maths teacher) can't fix it. Not quite as funny as the time in year 9 when we were able to create a hard drive account on one computer to have access to USB devices. It was called "Apple" so no one even looked at it sideways.
I've been to Albany Senior High School, as part of an assignment during my studies at Massey University last year, and I have met Mark Osborne. What that article doesn't mention is that many of the students from Albany SHS have embraced the open source ethos because of this, and have even started contributing back to the community as well. Apparently one student has created an open source program that the school now uses to provide live updates of school notices on numerous digital noticeboards around the school, and which can also be accessed from their website by parents.
Students are contributing to software that is used by the school! That would be unheard of in a closed-source, proprietary environment. Imagine the opportunity for malfeasance if the source code was not openly available to scrutiny.
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