A great story just came through my reader–(http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/A000A8F459252EDECC25747F00172D28). Seems a school in New Zealand finally become frustrated enough at Microsoft that they will complete switch to Linux by 2010 schoolwide. The administrator then also wants to receive the money that would go toward paying software licenses and use that to hire a technician to further develop Linux and OSS applications. W00t! I love his ‘sampling’ Linux before total deployment:
Two years ago, Parker installed Linux on a couple of computers that were no longer supported by Microsoft. As Parker, who doesn’t have a technical background, found the operating system easy to install and use, the school gradually moved over to the open source platform. A parent of one the pupils has helped with the Linux project and has been “a mentor for myself”, says Parker.