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Re: [school-discuss] [IIEP] BECTA report about free software next week (fwd)

The report was published yesterday.
See http://www.becta.org.uk/corporate/press_out.cfm?id=4681
for further details.

Frederick Noronha (FN) wrote:
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[...] In a report to be published next week, obtained by The TES, Becta
will highlight schools which have turned to free software instead of
the market leader’s products.

The association analysed costs at 33 schools which use paid-for
software, and compared them with 15 which have pioneered the use of
free programs, known as open source, and the pared-down hardware to run

Average costs, including software, hardware and support costs, were 24
per cent less per computer in secondaries using open source.


- Knut Yrvin

Miles Berry
Deputy Head
St Ives School Haslemere