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[school-discuss] Open source makes school appointment

Becta, the Government's lead agency for ICT in education, is set to 
release a new report which will say that schools could save significant 
sums by switching to open source software, eGov monitor can report.
Among the key findings will be that primary and secondary schools using 
OSS substantially reduced the total cost of ownership per PC. Support 
costs - typically accounting for more than half a PC's total cost - 
showed the biggest reduction.

Furthermore, case studies showed that the cost advantages of OSS were 
often used to increase provision, rather than reduce overall budgets in 

It will also highlight that OSS can provide an appropriate 
infrastructure for schools and is well supported, with good reliability 
and performance.
The report is being held back until after 5 May due to the restrictions 
on government announcements during the general election.


- Knut Yrvin
Project manager (cel: +47 908 95 765) Skolelinux Norway and OpenOffice
translation to Norwegian. Office 1: IT-Staff Akershus County Council,
Schweigaards gate 4, 0185 OSLO, NORWAY.  Office 2: SLX Debian Labs
Forskningsparken, Gaustadalle 21, 0349 OSLO, NORWAY.