“Schools in the city of Tallinn (Estonia) are gradually moving to PC workstations running on free and open source software. A pilot in March 2014 switched 3 schools and 2 kindergartens. Students, teachers, school administration and kindergartensâ€™ staff members are using LibreOffice, Ubuntu-Linux and other open source tools.”
See Tallinn schools piloting open source software
See also Ernst & Young’s Analysis (M$’s exponentially increasing licensing costs, page 7, and bottom lines page 20 in Estonian language)Of course, in my experience there was no exponential increase in licensing. We used PCs until they died but we did see huge costs of maintenance simply because of failures to boot, slowing down and malware. I noticed that Tallinn calculated huge sums for permission to use M$’s server software on their LAN. That’s outrageous, M$ wanting to be paid multiple times over for permission to use hardware schools own. GNU/Linux has none of those costs and can run everything a school needs if not certain M$-only applications. We certainly lacked nothing in terms of software. Debian’s repositories of GNU/Linux software were abundant compared to the tiny bit of software we could afford with That Other OS.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.