Finland: Land of the Free

71 % of members of parliament responded “yes” to the claim that the state should prefer Free Software

That’s exactly what I told the Government of Canada when they asked for proposals about how to deal with FLOSS. One survey of Canadan Government IT found, an overwhelming majority of those interviewed agreed that a higher deployment of FLOSS would be beneficial to their department (65%). Less than one fifth of the respondents did not agree with this sentiment

In Finland it seems to be happening, not just discussed. In Helsinki, 22500 desktops received OpenOffice.org in 2011-2. 600 had only OpenOffice.org available and 75% expressed satisfaction. No training was offered and the main problem was file formats of saved documents. I can see a memo fixing that “problem”. LTSP has been widely used in Finnish schools.

“In Finland the use of LTSP is spreading because we have schools using LTSP because it is economical and schools that are using LTSP for getting technological excellence and reliability for a reasonable price.”

see EduKemix – mind blowing approach on IT at schools

So, Finland is open to using GNU/Linux from top to bottom.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Finland: Land of the Free

  1. oiaohm says:

    Dr Loser DOCX between versions of MS Office is bust as well. Even between service packs for MS Office it can be bust.

    The two usable selections is old doc and odf.

    To be correct before commenting you should have installed libreoffice. Ok it does not have perfect docx but it has good enough to extract the information. But nothing has perfect docx.

    Sorry Dr Loser your troll arguement over docx is mostly dead compare to libreoffice.

  2. Kozmcrae says:

    “Get DOCX right and get back to me. Then we can talk.”

    Bring back the plague of locusts and the we’ll talk.

    I don’t care how “default standard” DOCX is or how many people use it (all for that matter). No organization, business, enterprise or country in their right mind would contribute to a locked-in, ever-morphing, orphan-document-generating piece of software. But they do, so they are not in their right minds.

    They need help in finding their right mind. Giving them a choice is the first step. Making it known is the second. Making it known that it’s okay to switch is the third. I suppose there are other stages to changing over from being totally locked in to Microsoft to being totally independent. The World is becoming less tolerant of Microsoft. It’s an economic thing and that’s not going to change any time soon.

  3. Dr Loser says:

    “No training was offered and the main problem was file formats of saved documents.”

    Well, that’s a relief, then.

    You are aware of the deep discounts that M$ offers to educational establishments for Office, aren’t you, Robert?

    Now, don’t get me wrong. I use OOo (not Libre yet, although to be honest I don’t think I’d notice the difference). You know my main beef with it? It’s not that it’s free. It’s not that it’s Linux.

    It’s the file formats of saved documents, dummy. I’m not even claiming this as a victory for Word (a program I have hated for twenty years). I’m claiming it as an archetypical failure of FOSS.

    Get DOCX right and get back to me. Then we can talk.

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