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    Too late for open source in schools?

    Came across this paper on Open Schools by Gary Clawson:

    Today sees the publication a report from NWLG CEO Gary Clawson on the savings that would follow from a move to open source, open services and open content in schools and across local authorities. Gary argues that a switch to open source and open content would offer 25% savings on IT spend with relative ease, with a further 30-35% if LAs looked seriously at re-modelling how ICT is implemented and supported. Across a local authority with some 20 secondaries and 120 primaries, this would amount to over £1.4M pa.

    Oh yes, and you get more flexible, sustainable IT and systems which support generic transferable skills in the classroom.


    http://www.nwlg.org/downloads/docs/p...enservices.pdf

    Trouble is having tussled with edugeekers too often myself I found that when I read it all I thought was 'yeah yeah'

    Argh! what had happened to me?

    Truth is, what Gary said was true enough but seemed so old fashioned, like five years ago when I was banging on hard about the same thing. The trouble is, if it really happened (schools and LAs going FOSS) even with you guys 100% convinced it would still take probably three years to achieve.

    Things have changed so much in the last two years... so in three more?

    Already, as I constantly posit, the existing proprietary model is anachronistic (but not because it is proprietary), therefore it follows

    'why replace one dead model with a cheaper dead model?'.

    This issue will be the FOSS problem for the older generation

    So I would guess it is too late for Gary's FOSS revolution, shucks.
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    Beaten to it i think Open Source Software in Schools

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    yep

    well beaten i would say



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