Technology & Business takes
at the Australian government's decision to use proprietary
solutions in schools. "When the NSW Department of Education and
Training put out a tender for its $150 million 'netbooks for schools'
contract, the opportunity for Linux to be used in the State's education
system was looking quite possible. The tender specified that all proposed
devices must be able to run either Windows or Linux and many of the vendors
submitting proposals had been using Linux to some extent. The final
decision to use Lenovo Laptops powered by Microsoft's operating system and
running proprietary software was a blow to the open source community, and
also a blow, say some people to education.
" (Thanks to Dahna
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