Chuckle. Repeatedly commentators have told us that GNU/Linux is crippleware and an insult to students yet schools keep using it on PCs and winning, big time. They save money.“By switching to Linux, incidents such as computer viruses, system degradation and many diverse technical issues disappeared instantly. The change also helps the school save money. Not having to purchase licences for proprietary operating systems, office suites and anti-virus tools has already saved about EUR 35,000 in the 2014-2015 school year”
See School: open source reduces PC troubleshooting They get more IT. They get better IT. FLOSS gives them all this with less effort. I love it.
The consequence, the real payoff, is that schools that use GNU/Linux end up doing more with computers in education, not less, and they have the resources and flexibility to do a much better job of educating students and preparing them for a society where IT is everywhere. Face it. It’s just a better way to do IT with computers than shuffling dead trees around. Having great software that you can run, examine, modify and distribute is just better for schools. Compare M$’s EULA with the GPL and see what I mean. M$’s EULA is about preventing schools from using PCs, networks and servers to maximum benefit while the GPL does just the opposite. Schools using GNU/Linux are limited only by their imaginations, not M$’s greed.